Well, it is time to emerge at long last.
With summer here, I've got an abundance of produce in my fridge, on the counters and in containers all over the floor. After a few weeks of amazing strawberries at the farmers' market, I was afraid that I wouldn't see them for a while. So I went a little overboard with them this week, just in case. I had a few pounds more than I needed after making my favorite jam, daiquiris, strawberry mint limeade, ice cream, and eating them fresh by the handful. So I took a friend's suggestion and made strawberry roll-ups. Unlike the grocery store product, my roll-ups contain real strawberries. And that's it. No sugar, corn syrup, malodextrin, artificial flavors or colors. Crazy, I know.
This recipe is super simple. Really. It's just strawberries and water.
The strawberries get pureed, spread into a pan lined with parchment and baked at a very low temperature for two hours. If you want to use a dehydrator, that would be another option.
Au Natural Strawberry Fruit Roll Ups
4 cups strawberries (preferably organic), washed, hulled, halved
1/4 cups water
Optional additions: 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar; 1 vanilla bean, split (use both seeds and bean, but remove the bean before pouring onto the parchment).
1. Heat oven to 180 degrees F.
2. prepare a jelly roll pan by lining it with parchment paper.
3. Heat berries and water (and additional ingredients, if using) over medium heat in a 2 quart saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring. Allow berries to break down, about 6 minutes.
4. Turn off heat and let the mixture sit for 5 - 10 minutes.
5. Puree the mixture, using a hand-held immersion blender or regular blender.
6. Pour the puree into the jelly roll pan. Shake the pan to evenly spread the strawberry mixture. Use a rubber spatula to help spread it evenly, if necessary.
7. Bake for 2 to 2.5 hours. Check to see if the mixture has all solidified. The sides tend to set first.
8. Cool on a wire rack.
9. With kitchen shears, slice the roll-ups into thin strips or squares (or whatever shape you please!) while still on the parchment paper. Store on the parchment paper in a sealed container.