Homemade Fruit Leather Snacks

Homemade Fruit Leather Snacks

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Let’s face it, most kids like fruit roll ups. My boys do! But it wasn’t until recently that I started paying more attention to what’s on the ingredient list and limiting what I bring into my home. Needless to say, fruit roll ups have been banned. Red dye #40 is in all or most fruit snack packs. I didn’t want my boys consuming it since it has been linked to health issues if consumed frequently. So, I began to search for a recipe to make my own fruit snacks. I ended up on the Food Network website and found a couple of recipes that are great. Here is one (I’ll post another in a separate post):

1 1/4 pounds chopped fruit (see below for suggested flavors)
3/4 cup sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Combine the fruit and sugar in a blender. Add the lemon juice to taste (use 2 tablespoons for apples or bananas) and puree until smooth.

Transfer the pureed fruit to a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally at first and then more often toward the end, until most of the liquid evaporates and the mixture is very thick, 35 to 45 minutes. Be careful: The mixture may splatter.

Line a 12-by-17-inch rimmed baking sheet with a silicone mat or nonstick foil. Use an offset spatula to spread the fruit on the mat or foil into a thin layer. Bake until barely tacky, 3 hours to 3 hours, 30 minutes.

Transfer the baking sheet to a rack and let the fruit leather cool completely. Peel off of the mat or foil. If the leather is still moist on the underside, return it to the oven, moist-side up, until dry, about 20 more minutes. Lay the leather smooth-side down on a sheet of wax paper and use kitchen shears to cut it into strips on the paper. Roll up the strips and store in zip-top bags for up to 1 week.

Plum: 5 medium, unpeeled, chopped
Peach or nectarine: 5 medium, unpeeled, chopped
Apple: 3 large (Gala or Granny Smith), peeled and chopped
Strawberry: 4 cups, hulled and chopped
Raspberry: 5 cups
Grape: 3 1/2 cups (preferably Concord), seeded if necessary
Banana: 5 medium, peeled
Mango: 2 large, peeled and chopped
Raspberry-Vanilla: 5 cups raspberries plus the seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean
Strawberry-Banana: 3 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped, plus 2 medium bananas, peeled
Apple-Ginger: 3 large apples, peeled and chopped, plus 1 1/2 teaspoons grated ginger
Spicy Mango: 2 large mangoes, peeled and chopped, plus 1/8 teaspoon each salt and cayenne pepper

This recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine
Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/fruit-leather-roll-ups-recipe.html?oc=linkback

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