Monday, June 25, 2012

Strawberry Fruit Leather



As a young child, I lived on fruit by the foot and fruit roll ups. There was something about unraveling them, the sweetness and the ease of the snack that made them irresistible. I haven't picked up a box of either of those in over 15 years (well I just aged myself quickly) but I can guarantee that the ingredient list is not very wholesome. But they were a really easy snack, just grab one, or a handful and go. Wanting to recreate the ease of the snack and the childhood memories for my children, I decided to give making homemade fruit leather a go. And I'll be square with you, this recipe is just as easy than going to the store, buying a box and bringing it home. Seriously, it's so simple, you'll wonder why you've never made fruit leather before!


Those memories that we cherish from childhood are truly precious and I pray that my children will hold dear the laughter, exploring and sharing in meals, that they will know the value of whole foods and perhaps one day look back and smile at their fruit leather snacks that we ate while visiting farms, museums, cities, possibly even other countries! {one day}



Alright, here it is, in all it's easiness and deliciousness:

Strawberry Fruit Leather
1 pint of strawberries, rinsed
3 tablespoons of raw local honey
1/4 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

Puree all the above ingredients.

Carefully pour out onto a parchment lined baking tray.

Place in oven at lowest temperature (or in a dehydrator if you have one) for about 6-10 hours or until no longer sticky to the touch. This is best done overnight, go to bed, wake up in the morning and voila it's ready to eat!


When it's done dehydrating, place parchment paper on a cutting board. Using the tip of a knife, make slices down the paper. Using scissors, follow the lines and cut. Then roll up and store in a container for later. Remember, it's best to taste test first :)


Or get creative and have fun with cookie cutters



Total cost of project (from PYO strawberries): $2.25, not so shabby!

What are some of your favourite memories of childhood? Any snacks that were prepared for you that you enjoyed? 

Bon Appetit!
Chef Mama


9 comments:

  1. This was BEYOND good. Thanks for sharing some with us and for posting the recipe. I will share it on my FB page soon.

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  2. What a fun project! I have a glut of tomatoes right now. . . perhaps a tomato leather could be made similarly--tomato stars would be a charming way to garnish a bowl of cream soup.

    Have you considered sharing this recipe on the Strawberry Round Up at Gnowfglins, Chef Mama? i'm just an avid reader there, but think your clever idea would make a great addition.

    If you'd like to check it out, here's the link: http://www.gnowfglins.com/2012/06/22/strawberries-seasonal-recipe-round-up/

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    1. Holly, I have heard of people making tomato leather. When they go camping they bring it along, then place it in water to rehydrate and voila, fresh tomato sauce! Or you can eat it as is.

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  3. Great recipe! I use the exact same but substitute apple puree for apple leather, our preschooler calls it apple candy. I think I'll try it with our seasonal blueberries.

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    1. Megan, blueberries sound like a great idea. I was thinking of doing a mixed berry one as well... perhaps some blueberries and raspberries? Or maybe strawberry raspberry. Hmm..

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  4. Lovely berry idea. Berries and currants are this week's subject for Food on Friday. Would you be happy to link this in? We are looking to create a fantastic collection of berry dishes. This is the link .

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    1. Hi Carole, thanks for the invite! Sorry I didn't link up, I have been horrible lately at getting on the computer. Trying to soak up some sun before winter comes. :D

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  5. Thank you so much for this! My little cousin can't have sugar, only things sweetened with raw local honey. This will be a perfect treat for him when he shows up trick-or-treating on Halloween!

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  6. Thanks for your recipe. i like strawberry fruit. This fruit look nice & it's flavor so much. STRAWBERRY

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