Thursday 26 March 2015

Strawberry fruit leather

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Fruit leathers are perfect for keeping in your gym bag or purse as a quick and nonperishable snack But costing almost a dollar each, these snacks can quickly add up in price.
With a food processor, and an oven, it's easy to whip up a batch of fresh-tasting fruit leathers for a fraction of the cost.
What's more? These homemade fruit leathers contain 15 calories instead of the 45 which is contained in most store-bought brands.
Heres how to prepare your own home made strawberry fruit leather, in 4 easy steps.

Prepare the pan: Preheat your oven to 150°F (or as low as your oven will go). Line an 11-by-17 cookie sheet with a Silpat baking mat. If you don't have one, use parchment paper, although a Silpat will offer better results.

Prepare the fruit: Wash, dry, and cut up four cups of strawberries (or other in-season fruit of your choice, such as peaches, bananas, or raspberries; frozen fruit works, too). Place in a food processor or blender.

Puree: Puree the fruit until completely smooth, about 30 seconds.

Cut and store: Remove the pan once the fruit is set and still slightly tacky. Be careful not to overcook, as you'll end up with fruit chips instead of fruit leather. Once the fruit has cooled to room temperature, slowly peel it off the mat or parchment paper. Lay it on a cutting board, and use a knife to cut out 12 portions; store in an airtight container.


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