Skip the boxed fruit roll-ups and make your own with this recipe for Strawberry Fruit Leather that uses real fresh fruit and honey.
My next door neighbor and I used to swap food.
It started with a loaf of Oatmeal Yogurt Bread I brought them when they first moved in. Then she made us some homemade cookies. I gave her a jar of granola, she returned the jar full of from-scratch lentil soup. She loved to bake and try new recipes as much as I did. Sometimes she’d send one of her little girls over with a paper plate full of cupcakes. Or we’d meet in her driveway and share a new ice pop recipe with our kids.
When she told me last summer that they were moving to another state, I cried. Then I cried at their going away party. And I cried when we said goodbye. I didn’t just cry because they were some of the best neighbors we’d ever had, but also because I loved our swaps. I loved knowing that when I found a great new recipe, she’d be just as excited about it as I would be. That made life just a little bit sweeter.
This strawberry fruit leather recipe is just the kind of thing I’d share with her and her girls. If she were here, I’d have texted her from my kitchen: “Third batch of fruit leathers. Got the sweetness just right. Sending Sam over with some now!”
Here’s how I made them: Puree strawberries and lemon juice in a blender or food processor. Pour into a deep saucepan (mixture will bubble while cooking so be sure to use a deep one) and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Toward the end of the cooking time, stir in honey.
Spread mixture on a baking sheet lined with a Silpat or similar baking mat and bang pan on the counter to evenly distribute mixture. Bake at 170 degrees for 2-4 hours, checking on it frequently, until leather is tacky but doesn’t stick to your finger (the center will be the last section to set). Slice with a knife or pizza cutter.
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Strawberry Fruit Leather
- 3 cups fresh strawberries
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Puree strawberries and lemon juice in a blender or food processor and pour into saucepan (it will bubble quite a bit while cooking, so use a deep saucepan).
- Cook on the stove over medium heat about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Toward the end of cooking, stir in honey.
- Pour onto a baking sheet lined with a Silpat or similar baking mat.
- Spread into a thin layer (but not thin enough that you can see through it).
- Bake at 170 degrees for 2-4 hours, until you touch the center and it's tacky but doesn't stick to your fingers. Slice with a knife or pizza cutter.
- Place strips of fruit leather on wax paper and roll. Store in airtight container.
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