One of my kids’ favorite snacks is fruit leather and now I’ve found a way to make them at home and to do one of my very favorite things, get my kids involved in cooking, too.
- 1 1/2 lb strawberries, halved (4 1/2 cups)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- a nonstick bakeware liner such as a Silpat Jelly Roll Liner 11-by-17-Inches and a large Offset Spatula
- Purée strawberries with sugar in a blender until smooth, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large heavy saucepan.
- Bring purée to a boil, then simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally (more frequently toward end), until thick enough to mound slightly and reduced to 1 to 11/4 cups, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 200°F with rack in middle. Line a large baking sheet with nonstick liner.
- Pour hot purée onto liner and spread thinly (as evenly as possible) into a 15- by 10-inch rectangle using spatula. Dry purée in oven until it feels drier (it shouldn’t stick to your fingers) but is still slightly tacky, 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
- Cool on liner on a rack until completely dry, at least 3 hours and up to 24.
- Place a sheet of parchment paper over leather, then peel leather off liner and roll up in parchment.
Cooks’ note: Strawberry leather keeps in a sealed bag at room temperature 1 month.
Try this with raspberries, blueberries, blackberries… experiment, have fun!
recipe and photograph from Gourmet.com