You know the old sayings, “Patience is a virtue” or “Good things come to those who wait?” Well, if you’ve got the patience, I’ve got another twist on my Mixed Berry Apple Sauce. I previously shared that with a bit of heat, some stirring and a lot of patience, you can turn mixed berry applesauce into Mixed Berry Apple Butter. Well if you are even more patient (but no stirring required) you can make your own fruit roll ups!
The first time I ever tried to make fruit leather, I attended a class at Stratford Ecological Center. We made applesauce from organic apples…talk about yummy. Then we made fruit leathers. Our instructors told us that fruit leather could be made from any fruit/fruit combinations. Well, that night I tried to make some watermelon leather but it was a huge FAIL! I think there’s just way too much water in watermelon.
Did I just see you roll your eyes and say, “duh!” Okay, I agree, it’s a “duh”. Well, I’m super pleased to share with you that apple blends work amazingly well.
Let’s get in the kitchen, shall we?
Make Your Own Fruit Roll Ups
Line a cookie sheet with a silicone mat, plastic wrap or parchment paper. Spread on a layer of mixed berry applesauce. Place in an oven set on the lowest possible setting (mine has a warm setting which is set at 150 Degrees F) for 2 hours. Then, turn off the heat, leaving the oven door closed, keep your tray in the oven overnight.
In the morning check on your leather to see if it is dry. If it still tacky in the center, turn your oven on warm once again and check your leather every 30 minutes to see if it is dry. See how my dry leather easily lifts off my Silpat liner?
If using a silicone sheet like myself, turn your fruit leather onto a piece of parchment or wax paper. Using kitchen shears, cut your leather and paper/plastic wrap into strips. Then roll up!
Easy peasy, it just takes time. Now you can play around with other fruit combos…just stay away from watermelon!
What fruit flavor combinations are you going to try? I’m thinking a peach/mango might be good!