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“a delicious and easy-to-make version of your favorite childhood snack”
Do you remember eating fruit roll-ups as a child? I know I do! They were so delicious and sweet, with a very mild tarty flavor – simply a perfect snack! Now, of course, you can still buy fruit leather, but why spend money on something that’s made with additives, artificial sweeteners, and god knows what else when you can make fruit roll-ups at home almost effortlessly?
Best of all, you won’t feel guilty about letting your children enjoy this delicious snack because it’s actually healthy! This apple and cinnamon fruit leather recipe is one of my favorite flavors.
The only thing you’ll need to make this apple and cinnamon fruit leather is a blender, a saucepan, a baking sheet, and the ingredients listed below.
Your work in the kitchen is only 15 minutes, but the baking time takes around 3 hours. It’s important to bake the fruit leather on the lowest temperature your oven has, hence the long cooking time, but the tasty fruit roll-ups will make up for that!
The first step is to preheat the oven to 170°C (340°F). If your oven supports an even lower baking temperature – use that!
After this, wash the apples, peel them, and cut them into small pieces. I used Granny Smith apples since they have a very intense acidic taste, which I adore. However, feel free to use whatever apple brand you most prefer.
Next, take a saucepan and place it over medium to high heat. Pour the ½ cup of water and fold in the apples. Bring the mixture to a boil, then add the rest of the ingredients – the sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon. If you like your roll-ups more tarty and acidic, use less sugar, or add more sugar to make them sweeter. Reduce the heat and cover the saucepan. Stir occasionally while the mixture simmers for around 7-8 minutes.
When you notice that the apples have become soft and start to break down, remove the saucepan from heat. Transfer the mixture into a blender and pulse until very smooth.
The next step is to prepare the baking sheet. Line it with parchment paper and lightly grease it with vegetable oil. Spread the mixture evenly on the baking sheet. Use a spatula to make sure the whole fruit leather is even throughout the baking sheet.
When that’s done, place the baking dish in the oven and bake for around two hours. Check the leather every 30 minutes. Once it has dried out and it’s not that sticky, you can remove the baking sheet from the oven and let it cool at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes.
Cut the leather into horizontal strips with a knife. I made around 10 strips on one baking sheet.
Finally, roll the fruit leather and serve!
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- 4 medium apples
- ½ cup of water
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 170°C (340°F).
- Peel and chop the apples into small pieces.
- Take a saucepan and place it over medium to high heat. Add the apple pieces and ½ cup of water.
- Add the sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Stir well.
- Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer for 7-8 minutes (saucepan covered).
- Continue to cook until the apples soften and start to break down.
- Remove from heat, then transfer the mixture into a blender and pulse until smooth and creamy.
- Take a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. Grease it with cooking oil very lightly, then spread the apple-cinnamon mixture on the baking sheet.
- Use a spatula to even out the mixture, making a thin layer all over the baking sheet.
- Bake for 3 hours. Check every 30 minutes.
- When the fruit leather is baked, take the baking sheet out of the oven and cut the leather into strips.
- Roll the strips, serve, and enjoy!