I have been wanting to try this recipe for fruit rolls for quite some time, but I was thinking I would wait until I had a dehydrator. Then I decided I should probably see if the kids like eating homemade fruit leather before I go buying a dehydrator, so I did a batch in the oven. It took quite a while (about 6 hours) and wasn’t evenly dried, resulting in some the parts along the outside of the pan being crispy, and the center perfectly dried, bendable and nice and chewy. It made the house smell so good while it was in the oven and my daughter LOVED it. It became a treat for her until it was all eaten. I also loved it. I am looking forward to purchasing a dehydrator in the near future and have my eye on the Excalibur 9 tray dehydrator. Anyway, enough about me and my dehydrator dreams, here’s the recipe.
Strawberry Fruit Leather
Printable recipe here.
- 2 cups organic strawberries
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to lowest temperature (mine was 170 degrees F). Wash strawberries and cut the tops off. Throw in a blender, blending until smooth. Add cinnamon and blend a little longer.
2. Spread onto parchment-lined baking sheet, trying to spread evenly.
3. Let sit in the oven until fruit is all dried up. This took approximately 6 hours (I did use convection for about half of the time to try to dry it out more evenly).
4. Once all dried out, cut into strips, place in a glass container and store in the fridge.
*If using a dehydrator, dehydrate for 8 – 10 hours (until fruit is pliable and easy to remove from the sheet) at 105 degrees F.