As a kid one of my favorite snacks additions to my lunch was a fruit roll-up. We would unroll them all the way and “lick” people with our fruit tongues, and then eat them. Thinking back on that it was not the most sanitary thing I have ever done with my food; especially because they were so long that they would drag on the ground until I ate enough of it.
I had never thought of making my own because dehydrating fruit sounded like a really intensive process needing special skills to do it correctly but I was dead wrong.
With this recipe that was inspired by Fifteen Spatula’s Joanne Ozug I learned how to make my own fruit leather in just a few steps using basic kitchen cookware.
Strawberry Fruit Leather Roll-Up
Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 3 hours
- 1-2 pints of Fresh Strawberries from your local Farmers Market
- 1 pint of blueberries from your local Farmers Market
- 1/4c. Sugar
- 2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
Preheat the Oven to 175 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Now throw all your fruit into a blender or food processor until it is well blended (unless you like some chunks).
Once everything has blended pour your fruit mixture into a sauce pan with the sugar and lemon juice. Stir it up and cook it for about 10 minutes over a medium heat until it becomes gooey.
Pour the mixture onto the parchment paper so that it makes a thin layer no more than 1/8″ thick. Depending on how much of the mixture you have made you may need a 2nd pan lined with parchment paper.
You are going to bake this in the oven for around 3 hours. Once the fruit loses its stickiness it is done, but don’t overcook it or it will be a fruit chip.
Let the Fruit Leather cool and then cut it and the parchment into strips using a knife or pizza cutter. Now the fun part- roll the fruit leather and the parchment paper together into a jelly roll. Or you can leave it flat and eat it like a fruit leather.
Now how you eat this snack is entirely up to you. Myself- I will be walking around with a 13″ long strawberry-blueberry tongue hanging out of my mouth, slapping my friends with it as they walk by; just for ol’ times sake.