I’m so happy to share this video version from my new Modern Pioneering series. Fruit roll-ups were a big thing when I was growing up. There were so many iterations at one point that I was in pure fruit candy bliss. Then there were the healthy versions that we’d always find at the health food store. They were called “fruit leather,” because they were thicker and made out of pure fruit I suppose… not the other nasty bits that were probably in the fruit roll-ups.
My editor told me that they needed a few more recipes for my book Food Heroes a little while ago for “layout” reasons. And since I had so many strawberries left over from the pie and shortcake I made, I gave this home made fruit leather a whirl.
And I’m so glad I did.
I may or may not have eaten the entire tray.
I may have.
Homemade Fruit Leather:
Here it is on video.
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Here is the visual step-by-step.
You start by dicing up the strawberries into small pieces.
Then in a pot they go, with a bit of water.
And a squirt of lemon juice.
Then you stew them. Mostly covered, until they are very very soft and mushy.
Next you place some plastic over a sheet tray and brush it with olive oil.
The stewed fruit should look like this, at which point you transfer it to a blender.
Taste it and if you think it could be a lot sweeter add some sugar. And blend some more.
But before you go and add a lot of sugar, keep in mind, that as the fruit leather dries, it will concentrate the natural sugars in the fruit and it will become sweeter on its own.
Pour the mixture on the plastic covered tray.
Then it goes into the oven for what seems like years, but is really just many hours on a very low temperature. So low in fact, that you may need to keep the oven door partly opened.
Then you score it into the size that you like. These rectangular shapes are the fruit leather size.
It will peel right off.
And if you really want to make it look like a fruit roll-up…
Give it a little roll.
Give ’em a try sometime. They’re thrilling.
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“Homemade Fruit Leather”