Friday, February 25, 2011

Foodie Friday: Strawberry Fruit Leather

Photo Credit: Michelle Loy. Copyright 2011. All rights reserved.

We are heading into strawberry season, and I couldn't be more excited. I love berries, especially when they're in season.  I love to get those fresh, bright red strawberries from the strawberry farm stands that will start popping up soon.  This recipe would be perfect for those strawberries!  I must admit that when I was a kid I used to love fruit roll-ups.  Yes, I did!  It's been a long time since I've had one though.  This inspired my desire to try to make my own.  This recipe doesn't take a lot of prep time, but there is a bit of wait time.  However, the wait is well worth it.  My kids have so much fun checking on the fruit leather with me, and of course, enjoying what they helped me make, too.  Try it and let me know how it works for you.  Enjoy!

Strawberry Fruit Leather

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Ingredients:
2 c strawberries, washed and stemmed
1 Tbsp honey

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Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 200F.
2.  Place berries and honey in a blender.  Puree until smooth.
3.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. (This is very important as I initially made a mistake using wax paper, which sticks.)  Spread the puree evenly over the parchment paper, about 1/4-1/8 inch thick.  (It should form a rectangular shape that comes within about 1-2 inches from the edges.)

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4.  Dry in the oven for about 3-4 hours.  Drying time can vary depending on: the juiciness of the berries, the oven, and the humidity in your kitchen.  To check for dryness: 1) Make sure there are no visible dark spots on the leather; 2) Press the center of the leather with your finger and check for indentation. If there's no indentation, it's dry.; 3) Pull the leather from the edges. If it's dry, it will pull away from the parchment paper easily.

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5.  Once cool, use kitchen shears to cut the leather into 4 strips.  Then roll each one up and enjoy or store in a glass jar with lid.


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Serves: 4
Nutritional Information:
Calories: 39   Carbohydrate: 10 g   Fat: 0 g   Protein:  0.5 g   Cholesterol: 0 mg  Fiber:  1.5 g   Sugar:  8 g (3 g added from honey)  Sodium:  1 mg
Excellent source of vitamin C.  

4 comments:

cookingwithchrissy said...[Reply to comment]

I love fruit leather...I usually buy the organic strips at Target. I did make my own once, but it took 12 hours to make, so I think I will try your recipe next. Thanks!

Michelle Loy, MPH, MS, RD said...[Reply to comment]

@cookingwithchrissy Thank you for visiting! After reviewing lots of recipes, I've noticed that some do take quite a long time. You'll have to let me know how yours turn out. Thanks again!

Eryka said...[Reply to comment]

just popped a tray of these in the oven. i'll let you know how they turn out and what the men of the house think of them. i'm excited!

Michelle Loy, MPH, MS, RD said...[Reply to comment]

@Eryka Perfect! Definitely let me know. It'll be interesting to see how another oven/kitchen takes to it. Thank you!

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