I’m in love with this idea from Gourmet Magazine and am definitely going to give it a go with the kids this week. Last week we made popovers, butter and lollipops (all easy versions!) and we are all really enjoying doing recipes together. The kids love fruit roll-ups but I love all natural foods. What a perfect solution.
Serves8 to 10 (snack)
- Active time:1 hr
- Start to finish:8 hr (includes cooling)
- 1 1/2 lb strawberries, halved (4 1/2 cups)
- 3/4 cup sugar
Equipment:a 17- by 12-inch nonstick bakeware liner such as a Silpat; a large offset spatula
Purée strawberries with sugar in a blender until smooth, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large heavy saucepan.
Bring purée to a boil, then simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally (more frequently toward end), until thick enough to mound slightly and reduced to 1 to 11/4 cups, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 200°F with rack in middle. Line a large baking sheet with nonstick liner.
Pour hot purée onto liner and spread thinly (as evenly as possible) into a 15- by 10-inch rectangle using spatula. Dry purée in oven until it feels drier (it shouldn’t stick to your fingers) but is still slightly tacky, 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
Cool on liner on a rack until completely dry, at least 3 hours and up to 24.
Place a sheet of parchment paper over leather, then peel leather off liner and roll up in parchment.
Cooks’ note: Strawberry leather keeps in a sealed bag at room temperature 1 month.
(Hat tip to Blissfully Domestic!)