MYO: Fruit Roll Ups

Fresh, canned, or frozen fruit
Non-stick baking sheets*
Non-stick baking spray (e.g. PAM is a commercial brand, I make my own)


1. Wash and prepare fruit.

2. Puree fruit in blender until it is very smooth. To make a leather that is
18 inches x 14 inches x ? inches, you will need about two and a half cups of

3. Add as little water or juice as possible when pureeing.

4. You may now add any sweetening or spices . but beware, the more liquid in
your puree, the longer it will take to dry. You don't have to use processed
sugar for sweetening; try honey, cane syrup, molasses, maple syrup, brown
sugar, etc. (See below for more ideas on flavorings and spices).

5. Lightly spray the baking sheet with non-stick spray.

6. Pour the puree onto the prepared sheet.. Slightly tilt the tray to spread
the puree around evenly. You could also make 4 to 6 inch size pancake shapes
instead of one huge sheet.

7. At this point, you make garnish your leather if you desire (see below for

8. Preheat your oven to about 150 degrees (no higher as you will cook the
fruit rather than dry it). Note: below is an option if your fruit leather
dries too long that is really good.

9. Put your baking sheet in the oven and prop the oven door open. The drying
is going to take a long while . the time depends on how much moisture is in
your puree.

10. Remove the leather from the sheet while it is still warm and roll it up.
Or, before you roll it up you could spread a filling on the leather and then
roll it, this makes for a great variation and suggestions can be found

STORAGE: For very short term storage of about a week, cut the rolled leather
into bite sized pieces, lightly dust with cornstarch, and wrap in plastic
wrap. And then store the plastic wrapped bites in air tight storage
containers. Store in a cool, dry, dark place such as a pantry. For longer
storage, store the prepared bite-sized rolls in air tight storage containers
and store in refrigerator or freezer. Rolls that contain nuts or coconut
need to be stored in the freezer.

FRUIT LEATHER CHIPS: If your fruit leather dried too long it may become
brittle and crack as you try to peel it off the baking sheet. Don't despair
about wasted effort and wasted fruit . this can be turned into a good thing!
You can crush this and use it as toppings for ice cream, yogurt, milk
shakes, or hot breakfast cereals . even cold breakfast cereals get a tasty
boost from this. These chips can also be reconstituted and used as baby food
or in baby cereal . just make sure that you've soaked or crushed the chips
enough so that there are no sharp edges left.

VARIATIONS:Spices - allspice, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, ginger, mace,
mint, nutmeg, pumpkin or apple pie spice blends.

Flavorings - almond extract, lemon extract or juice or peel, lime juice or
peel, orange extract or juice or peel, vanilla flavoring, etc.

Garnishes - shredded coconut, chopped dates, chopped dried fruit, granola,
miniature marshmallows, chopped nuts, chopped raisins, sunflower or poppy or
sesame seeds, etc.

Fillings - melted chocolate, softened cream cheese, processed cheese
spreads, fruit fillings made from jams or jellies, marmalade, marshmallow
cream, peanut butter, etc.

submitted by Callie