DIY Fruit Leather
Sure, you can buy all kinds of fruit snacks, but why not make your own? This easy, crafty snack will keep for up to a month — perfect for camp and school lunches.
- 4 cups of fresh strawberries (cleaned, hulled and halved)
- ½ cup of sugar (or less depending on your taste)
- A Silpat baking mat
- Cookie sheet
- Sieve, spatula, blender, saucepan, oven, cookie cutters
- Purée strawberries and sugar in a blender until totally
- Add a small amount of sugar to begin with and taste as you go.
Many ripe fruits won't require much additional sugar at all.
- Strain the puree through a sieve into a saucepan. Use the back
of a spatula to push as much liquid as possible through the sieve.
Discard the remaining seeds and solids.
- Bring the purée to a boil in a saucepan, then simmer over a low
heat for at least one hour. Stir the puree regularly. As you
approach the end of the cooking time, carefully monitor the purée
to ensure that it doesn't burn or stick. The mixture should be
reduced to about 1 cup.
- While the mixture is reducing, line a large baking sheet with a
Silpat baking mat (a reusable, non-stick liner).
- Pour the hot purée onto the liner and spread thinly and evenly
into a rectangular shape using the back of the spatula. A uniform
thickness will ensure that the fruit leather dries thoroughly.
- Dry the fruit purée in a 200-degree oven for two or three hours
until the fruit leather is no longer sticky to the touch.
- Cool on liner on a rack until completely dry (at least three
hours). Depending on how much liquid is in the fruit, this process
could take up to 24 hours.
- When the fruit leather is completely dry, place a sheet of
parchment paper on top and peel leather off the liner. Roll the
fruit leather up in parchment. Strawberry fruit leather will keep
in a sealed container at room temperature for about a month. Cut
the fruit leather into strips or use cookie cutters to create fun