STRAWBERRY FRUIT LEATHER
My favorite recipe for strawberry fruit leather
(or any fruit leather really)
Ingredients & Tools
- 3 Pints of strawberries
- 1/2 Cup of honey
- 2 Teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
- 1 Teaspoon of lemon juice
- A large silicone mat
- A large sheet tray
- A blender
- Parchment paper
- Preheat your oven to 125 F, or to the lowest temperature if your oven doesn’t get to 125. The lower the oven temperature the more evenly the fruit leather will cook.
- Core the strawberries.
- Put the strawberries, pepper, and lemon juice in the blender and blend until mostly smooth.
- Put about half the honey into the blender and blend. Taste and add more honey if the strawberries aren’t sweet enough.
- You will want your puree to not be runny so dip a spoon into the puree and you will want the puree to not drip off the back of the spoon.
- If you notice your puree is too runny, pour it into a pot and put it on medium to simmer for a bit and reduce.
- Place a large silicone backing mat on a large enough sheet tray and pour the puree onto the mat.
- Spread the puree so it is thin and mostly even with the center being slightly thinner than the edges, especially if your oven temperature is a bit higher.
- Put the tray in the oven and cook for a about 4 hours, you want the puree to have dried out but still be soft to the touch. Leave in the oven and check back every 20 minutes or so if it needs more time.
- Cut some strips of parchment paper to roll up the fruit leather with, a pizza cutter and ruler work great for this.
- Let the fruit leather cool for a bit, but while it is still hot, remove it from the silicone mat and transfer it onto a cutting board lined with parchment paper. Then cut some strips of fruit leather so that it’s a bit narrower than the parchment strips. Then take the strips and transfer them to the parchment strips and roll them up.
p.s. Check out UCSC's very own farmers market.
p.p.s. You can email me if you have any questions.