“My kids love fruit roll-ups and while there are some great brands out
there made with just fruit, I know can save a ton of dough making it
myself. While I haven’t spent a lot of money trying to figure it out, I
have spent a lot of time! As of today, I’ve made 15 (yes, fifteen!!!!)
batches of strawberry leather in an effort to perfect the recipe. It’s
been a frustrating challenge to say the least, especially when making
fruit leather seems so easy in principal. It’s just fruit and heat,
right? Yes and no.
My best advice is to spread the mixture as evenly as possible on the
baking sheet and keep a close eye on the fruit while it’s cooking. Be
prepared for a bit a trial and error and don’t lose your cool. Hopefully
when you find your ideal cooking time, you’ll be knocking out batches of
your own fruit leather with ease.”
Strawberr-Wee Fruit Leather (Makes 8 Long Strips)
- 3 Cups Strawberries
- 1 Tbsp Honey
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Remove the stems from the strawberries and rinse.
- Place the strawberries and honey in a blender and puree until smooth.
- Pour the mixture on to a parchment paper lined baking sheet and spread with the back of a spoon or spatula in a large rectangle (my rectangle was 11 x 15 inches) making sure that the mixture is completely even.
- Bake for 2-3 hours (or until it’s dry and not sticky to the touch).
- Remember, cooking times will vary depending on how thick you spread your mixture and how much water (juice) is naturally in the fruit. *Every oven is different, so the cooking time maybe less then 2 hours if your oven tends to be hot.
- Allow to sit and cool at room temperature. It takes several hours for the fruit to soften up (when you first take the leather out of the oven the edges will be a bit dry and crispy, but if you allow it to sit overnight it softens up nicely).
- Cut with a knife or pizza cutter into strips or use scissors, keeping the paper on, and then roll the leather into “roll ups”.