home-made fruit leather or fruit roll-ups

fruit roll up

It’s been a while since I made fruit leather (#fruitrollups).  I have a wonderful supply of apples and thought I would make some again this time without sugar and instead just a touch of organic honey and cinnamon.  Feel free to experiment with the fruit in this.  I have made apple blueberry, apple strawberry, etc. and it is really good and so easy (Use apples as your base and then add other fruit to that, with a ratio of 2/3 apple and 1/3 of another fruit) I use a dehydrator to make mine, but you can do it in a low 170F oven as well.  Using #silpat sheets makes this even simpler if you are doing it in the oven.  If you are using a dehydrator, they make plastic liners designed specifically for fruit leather.  If you make a lot of this, I suggest getting a couple of the liners or else you won’t be able to keep up with the demand.

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  • 4 cups of peeled, chopped apples ( or a combination of fruit using apple as your base)
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons organic honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (or depending on what fruit you are using adjust your spice for example, you can add nutmeg, mace, allspice. If you add an extract like vanilla or a citrus extract, just use a little less water)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • A dash of salt

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 Instructions

  1. Wash, peel, and dice apples (and any other fruit you are using) and put them in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add ½ cup water and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook about 10 minutes or until soft.
  3. Add honey, cinnamon, lemon juice and salt and mash. Cook 2-3 more minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally.
  4. Put mixture into a blender and process until smooth (it should be a smooth mixture with no lumps).
  5. Spread evenly onto your dehydrators fruit leather sheet or pour onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or preferably a Silpat and spread with a spatula into a thin layer. This will be the most time consuming part of the recipe.
  6. I like to start my dehydrator on high and then turn down to low, depending on how thick you spread it it can take between 2-4 hours to dry. If you are doing it in the oven, bake at 170 degrees for 2-3 hours or until it’s tacky but not too sticky.

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I find the best way to remove it from the sheets is to run a thin spatula or knife around the edge and then peel away!  I have a round dehydrator so I cut my roll-ups with a pizza cutter into triangles.  You can wrap in waxed paper,, but it is not necessary.  I store them in zippy bags, but they really don’t last long!

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