Fruit roll-ups used to be one of my favorite treats as a child. I can still hear that thin layer of plastic being peeled away from the sticky leathery treat. But with all the preservatives and sugar buried in the ingredients list, it's one of the last things I want to give Bradley. It was SO simple to make my own fruit leather at home and it came out amazingly similar to the store-bought stuff. I made this one with fall ingredients, but I can't wait to try it out with fresh strawberries and blueberries! Enjoy!
- 4 medium-large apples (about 4 cups)
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Core and peel apples. Chop into large chunks. Toss in lemon juice to avoid browning while prepping the remaining apples.
Drain the lemon juice from the apples and place them in a large saucepan. Add the apple cider, sugar and cinnamon. Cook over medium heat. When apples are tender, use a potato masher to slightly mash the apples. Continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes.
Carefully pour mixture into a blender or food processor to purée.
Divide purée evenly between pans. Use an offset spatula to smooth out the mixture.
Bake for 3 hours or until leather is slightly tacky and no longer wet. (*Time will vary depending on the thickness of your mixture.) Every hour, rotate pans 180 degrees and swap rack levels.
Allow leather to cool before slicing. Using a pizza wheel or knife, carefully slice fruit leather into desired sizes. Wrap in wax paper. Store in an airtight container.
Source: Adapted from Baked by Rachel