I have a rule for my family when it comes to food: If it is homemade, you can eat as much as you want. I don't want to fill Truman's belly with junk food, but I do love me some sugary treats. It took me a few recipes to master these fruit rolls, but this version works the best and tastes the best. And these have no added sugar!
I am not into kitchen gadgets. We live in a small house and I don't have room for special slicers and choppers. I don't even use a garlic press - just a good knife. But, the one special kitchen tool that makes fruit rolls super easy is a silicone mat. My mom gave me this one and it makes all the difference. You can do this with foil, but it requires more patience.
Here is what you need:
1 1/4 pounds chopped fruit (berries, mangoes, bananas, anything will work. If you use plums, apples, etc. just peel them before you blend them)
1-2 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees
- Use a food processor or immersion blender to puree the fruit
- Add lemon juice to taste
- Pour the mixture into a saucepan and turn on heat to a simmer
- Simmer and stir for 35-45 minutes, until mixture is thick. (I usually do this while cooking something else, like granola or dinner and I give it a stir at least once every four minutes. Toward the end, I stir more often.)
- Put your silicone mat on a rimmed baking sheet (or cover your baking sheet with foil)
- Pour fruit evenly onto baking pan
- Bake until barely tacky 3 hours to 3 1/2 hours.
- Let cool completely
- Lay on a piece of wax paper and cut into strips. Roll up the strips and store in a container