Thursday, March 13, 2014
Fruit Roll-Ups or fruit leathers are quite popular snacks or treats here in the U.S. that the Kids are so crazy about. Honestly, I didn’t grow up with this stuff and didn’t learn about them until one day, my Kids brought some home from school. It was given to them as a treat after the soccer practice. The store-bought version was mixed with rainbow colors along with different flavorings. I’m not too fond about the colorings and artificial flavorings. But I have to say, it’s quite a fun thing to eat as you can un-roll it like a roll of film (oh….this sentence might have given my real age away!) as you eat. I know I would be super excited to eat this roll of sweet and colorful thing if I’m a 5 year old. But as a Mom, I can’t help it but to create a homemade version that is more wholesome without anything artificial. Best of all, it taste even better than the store bought version because it’s made with real fruit! Want to check out how I make them? Follow me to the kitchen.
There are only 3 ingredients in this Strawberry Roll-Ups. They are organic strawberries, of course, lemon juice to brighten the flavor, and a little bit of sugar to sweeten it up. Put everything in your blender and blend until the strawberries are nicely pureed! I used 12 ounces of strawberries here and only added 2 tablespoons of raw sugar. You can use 4 tablespoons of sugar if you like yours sweeter.
Next, pour the puree in a small saucepan and cook on medium to medium low until thicken, about 15 to 18 minutes. Stir the mixture often to prevent burning.
Next, spread the mixture on a silpat lined baking sheet. Mine goes all the way to the inner border of the silpat. So the dimension is around 10 by 15-inch.
Then, baked at the lowest temperature in the oven, I used 170 degree F and baked for 1 1/2 hour, turning the baking sheet once in the middle of baking. Then, let it cool on a wiring rack. You should be able to peel it off easily, as shown in the picture above.
Next, transfer the the Strawberry Roll-Ups to a piece of parchment paper or wax paper, leaving an 1/2-inch excess of the paper on both sides. With a pair of kitchen scissors, cut the Roll-Ups into desired width. I cut mine into 1 1/2-inch.
Last but not least, roll them up with the parchment paper. Pack them in a ziploc bag or air tight container and enjoy. Oh…one more important step, try to save some for the kiddos. These are so good you might finished them all before they get off school. I say, these really are fun and healthy snacks that you and your kids will enjoy. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you like today's post and recipe.
Homemade Strawberry Roll-Ups: (Printable Recipe)
Makes: 10 (1 1/2-inch) Rolls
12 ounces organic strawberries, stems removed
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 to 4 tablespoons raw sugar (depending on your preference)
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees F.
In a blender, puree all ingredients together until smooth. Transfer the strawberry puree into a small saucepan. Heat mixture on medium to medium low until thickened, about 15 to 18 minutes; stirring frequently to prevent burning.
Spread the strawberry mixture evenly onto a silpat lined baking sheet, to reach a 10 by 15-inch rectangular shape.
Bake the roll-ups until dry to the touch, about 1 1/2 hour. Remove from the oven and cool completely on a wiring rack. Next, transfer the the Strawberry Roll-Ups to a piece of parchment paper or wax paper, leaving an 1/2-inch excess of the paper on both sides. With a pair of kitchen scissors, cut the Roll-Ups into desired width. I cut mine into 1 1/2-inch width strips.
Last but not least, roll them up with the parchment paper. Pack them in a ziploc bag or air tight container and enjoy.