Sunday, August 28, 2011

Homemade Fruit Roll Ups

There are about a handful of things left in life that bring out my inner child, and one of them is fruit roll ups...


Given the opportunity -- meaning the man of the house brings them home because he thinks it's funny to see me light up like a little kid -- I will eat an entire box in one sitting.


So when I saw this recipe in September's Food Network Magazine, I knew I had to give it a try.

There are several flavor options (check them out here) but I opted for Strawberry Banana and Raspberry Vanilla. While the raspberry had great color, in hindsight, I would stick to fruit with smaller/less seeds.


See, this is what fruit roll ups do to me... (Cupcakes and tiaras aye? I guess somethings never change)


Shopping List for Strawberry Banana (from Food Network Magazine)
3 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped
2 medium bananas, peeled
3/4 Cup sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Non stick foil or a silicone mat
Parchment paper

Transfer the pureed fruit to a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally at first and then more often toward the end, until most of the liquid evaporates and the mixture is very thick, 35 to 45 minutes. Be careful: The mixture may splatter.

Line a 12-by-17-inch rimmed baking sheet with a silicone mat or nonstick foil. Use an offset spatula to spread the fruit on the mat or foil into a thin layer. Bake at 200 degrees, until barely tacky, 3 hours to 3 hours, 30 minutes.

Transfer the baking sheet to a rack and let the fruit leather cool completely. Peel off of the mat or foil. If the leather is still moist on the underside, return it to the oven, moist-side up, until dry, about 20 more minutes.

TRICK: Since I used foil, I cut off the outer edges of the foil with scissors so it was a thick clean square layer of fruit leather on foil that I would begin peeling off

Once removed from foil, lay the leather smooth-side down on a parchment paper and use kitchen shears to cut it into strips on the paper. Roll up the strips and store in zip-top bags for up to 1 week.

26 comments:

  1. Ooh, Michelle! These look wonderful! I was more a Fruit By the Foot and Gushers girl, lol. But I know what you mean about getting giddy over them!

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  2. I loved them all... fruit by the foot (which these mimic actually), fruit snacks, "fruit roll ups" anything and everything that was sugar and processed fruit.

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  3. this looks lovely!!! mmmmmm. I was unfortunately not allowed to have these when I was growing up and didn't have my first one until my sophomore year of college and I must say it was divineeee!

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  4. Never thought you could make them at home.Thanks;)

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  5. I am speechless..these look incredible!! What a great post!

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  6. I love these! I was a HUUUUGE fruit rollup fan as a kid and I never thought once of making them myself. So cool. Thanks!

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  7. Mmm... I love fruit roll ups! These are so pretty.

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  8. These are freakin awesomesauce! I'm super excited and nervous to make them but I will give it a shot!


    Flava in ya ear

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  9. I have these tabbed to make when I start my September magazines. I wondered about the seeds and was surprised that they weren't strained out in the original recipe. Your gorgeous pictures make me even more excited to give them a go!

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  10. I tried to make these in June with a recipe from the June/July Fine Cooking magazine. They're not on my blog because they turned out to be a leathery disaster! I so wanted to make them, but didn't have the patience to try again. I'm glad they worked out for you, they look perfect. :)

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  11. Oh Michelle, those are just AWESOME!! I will HAVE to give these a try for my little man! He would just love these, and they look so fantastic!

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  12. L O V E . These are fantastic!!

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  13. these look AMAZING!!!! I love fruit roll ups too! R likes to give me a hard time about eating 5-10 in one sitting...

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  14. I want to make these for my nephews!

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  15. Nice, but three hours in the oven? a little harsh on the light bill

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  16. Great job on this Michelle. I saw them too and was floored. Must make them even though my kids are older now. Your pics are fantastic. Love the tiara!

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  17. Kick ass! These are fantastic and awesome for satisfying your inner kidlet :) Buzzed

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  18. Mmm... never seen this kind of things before. We didn't make fruit leather in FInland. Thanks!

    P.S. Next time, sieve the raspberry pips out of the jam ;-)

    P.P.S. You could ad a little coloring after the thing has been cooked, for the color. Beetroot, if not artificial. Strawberries have a bit boring color...

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  19. I'm not a fruit roll up person, but I bet the home made is WAY better than store bought! I do, however, love when you find a recipe for a favorite thing!

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  20. i'm missing out reading the September issues but I'm happy you showed me a delicious preview. These fruit rolls look amazing!!!
    thanks for sharing

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  21. I am probably over looking it but... I didnt see where it said what temp. to bake at.

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    1. Youre right I forgot it!!! I can't believe that. It's 200 degrees :) Sorry about that.

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  22. Making these for myself, and my cousin on her birthday. She is a HUGE FAN of Fruit Roll ups/Fruit by the foot.

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  23. The thing you made is not a fruit-roll up rather a fruit by the foot

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