If you were anything like me as a kid, you probably used to think, “When I’m a grown up I can have ______ for dinner every night!” (insert: icecream, cookies, poptarts, cotton candy etc.). But now that I finally am a (sort of) grown up, I know I have to suppress my inner-child demands in favor of not weighing 500 lbs. But I recently discovered a way to have my cake and eat it too. Well, fruit roll-ups anywho.
When I first came across a recipe for a similar fruit leather type thing, I was suspicious. You mean to tell me I can use my oven as a dehydrator? I don’t need one of those fancy shmancy things? I figured I would have to give it a couple tries, some old fashion trial-and-error, but alas, the first try was a major success! I’m talking major, these things are really good.
And you just need 3 ingredients: fruit, lemon juice, and something to sweeten it.
I used a mixture of raspberries and strawberries (about 3 cups) for my base (though I bet mango would be bangin’ as well). The sweetness is really to your taste. You can use honey or Stevia/Truvia/Sugar (2-3 tablespoons). And finally the lemon juice (2 tablespoons) is used to keep the bright color of the fruit.Blend all the ingredients in a food processor or blender until it’s as smooth as can be.
Next, line a baking pan with a good quality plastic wrap. My baking sheet didn’t have sides, which I imagine would have been useful in this circumstance. But work with what ya got and just line a big-ish pan with plastic wrap. The fruit mixture should be liquid enough to pour, but thick enough that it doesn’t really spill around on the sheet. Pour it into the plastic-lined pan, then spread it out with a spoon or spatula. It should be as thin as possible without forming holes, about ⅛ – ¼ inch thick.
Then just let it dry out in the oven. Use as low of temperature as your oven will go, mine goes down to 170 degrees. The temperature you dry it at determines the time needed, and can range from 4 to 6 hours. It’s finished when the middle is no longer gooey. The edges may get too dry, in which case you can rehydrate them a bit by rubbing them with water.
Once dried, let the fruit leather cool, then remove from plastic wrap. I found it was easiest to use a clean pair of scissors to cut this stuff. Remove the edges then cut into 1 inch wide strips. For the true fruit roll-up experience, cut strips or parchment or tissue paper and roll the fruit into the paper. Use a touch of tape or string to hold it all together.
- 2-3 cups fruit
- 2-3 tablespoons honey, sugar, or sugar-substitute
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Blend fruit in food processor or blender until smooth. Mix in sweetener and lemon juice.
- Pour into a pan lined with plastic wrap then spread out ⅛ to ¼ inch thick.
- Dehydrate in oven at 140 to 170 degrees F (60 to 75 degrees C, or as low as oven will go) for 4 to 6 hours, or until middle is not longer tacky.
- Allow to cool, then remove from plastic wrap.
- With clean scissors, trim off edges then cut into 1 inch wide strips.
- Wrap with strips of parchment or tissue paper, then use tape or string to seal.
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