Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Roll'n Up The Fruit!

I made these little lovelies yesterday.

And I admit I was TERRIFIED they weren't going to come out right.
Actually, I was pretty sure I ruined the last batch - 
turns out that even over cooked they're pretty tasty.
Although if you cover ANYTHING in dark chocolate it's tasty, right?

What I learned?
This recipe is super easy, and pretty darn healthy too! 
You just have to have the patience to 
and wait...
and WAIT 
while they dehydrate and set up.

2 - 3 cups of fruit, fresh or frozen and thawed.
Berries, Pears, Peaches, Apples - anything goes!
Honey or the sweetener of your choice
Spices if you desire

What you do:
Puree the fruit until it's been pretty much liquified.

Strain the seeds out if you like, I left mine in.
It needs to be pour-able and not sticky or thick, 
so if needed add in water or juice.

Taste it.

Add some sweetener and spice if you'd like.
As much or as little as your taste buds tell you.
I used 2 teaspoons of honey and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

HINT: I found that even though I thought my raspberry puree was pretty sweet, 
I should have added more honey. 
I only used 2 teaspoons. 

When it was done cooking we found it to be a little tart - but we like it that way!

This was my second batch, so I added honey before I pureed
Line a rimmed cookie sheet with a Silpat mat, or plastic wrap 
(all the way up and over the sides if using plastic).
Pour the mixture in and spread out until you have a thin layer of fruit.

Set your oven to the LOWEST temperature (mine is 170)
Or you can use a food dehydrator which I don't have.

Place in the oven and let sit there for 6+ hours.
One of my batches only took 6 hours the other had to stay in for 8.5.
And the third, well....read on and you'll find out.
I did have to shut the oven off twice so I could go run some errands and they still came out fine.

You'll know its cooked when you can touch your finger to the middle and it doesn't stick to your finger tip.

Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes.

Peel off the plastic.  
The edges will be crispy but they are still yummy!

We couldn't wait to dig into this one, hence the funny shape
Slice up your roll-ups and wrap in parchment paper. 
OR use cookie cutters to make some fun shapes!

So how did I mess up? 
The third batch I managed to forget about. 
Before I went to bed last night I realized they were still in the oven, going on 10 hours

But in all honesty - this was my favorite batch! 
The raspberry hardened enough to become crispy raspberry brittle.

And might I add DELICIOUS dipped in melted dark chocolate. 
Yup, thats right. I can turn ANY 'good for you' food into something bad :)

I'm thinking chocolate raspberry bark for Christmas Gifts!


lindsay said...

This looks delicious. And something I can handle lol. Can't wait to try it!!

Amy said...

Yum! I remember making fruit leather as a young child. It took FOREVER!! Even crispy raspberry has to be good.

Cerrisse said...

Those look so yummy! I may have to try and make some for my little guy. :)

Lacey said...

Those look awesome! I am going to have to try this recipe out. :)

Lisa @ Organized Chaos said...

Wow!! These are totally awesome! These are something to definitely be proud of! :)

Anonymous said...

So so cool!! I am SO making these!

Katie said...

SO good guys! Take my advice though - make more than one batch! All 3 of my batches are gone already.

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