Homemade Fruit Rollups

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We were gifted some beautiful Harry & David treats over Christmas, and the box just so happened to include six fabulous pears.  Seeing as we live in Minnesota and its the middle of the winter, that was a fabulous gift indeed!

Try as we might though, we couldnt eat them all before they went very soft.  I immediately knew that those succulent pears could not go to waste, so I decided to make them into a fun and easy treat.  Fruit roll-ups!  We actually call them fruit leather around here, but unless you are familiar with the term it can bring some not so sweet images to mind.  So roll-up it is.

I used this recipe from CHOW.com.

Homemade Pear Fruit Rollups


  • 4 very ripe pears
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch fine salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Peel the pears, remove the cores and stem, and cut into small pieces.
  2. Place pear pieces into a saucepan and carefully add the water, sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Bring the mixture to a low boil, over medium to medium high heat.
  4. Once you reach a slow boil, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pears are knife tender. This took about five minutes since me pears were so ripe. If your pears are less ripe, just make sure you can easily pierce them with a fork and increase your cook time to about 15 minutes before moving on to next step.
  5. Very slowly and carefully pour mixture into blender. I held a thick towel over the top instead of the lid to help any steam escape. Blend on high until mixture is very smooth. (In my ancient blender this was about 3 minutes)
  6. (Dehydrator Method)
  7. Place piece of parchment on your dehydrator tray. Carefully pour mixture from blender and spread out with a rubber spatula or offset spatula. Careful to not get pear mixture to close to the edge. I started with about half the mixture and then added the remaining. We have a large dehydrator, so I could easily fit this on one tray, but you can also divide it into two.
  8. Following your machines directions, dry fruit until slightly tacky. Place in airtight container and enjoy!
  9. (Click on above link for oven directions)

My hubby makes a lot of wonderful venison jerky, so he treated himself to a nice new dehydrator this year.  And it rocks!  These Homemade Cinnamon and Pear Roll-Ups took only about an hour and a half!

This was my very first attempt at making any time of fruit leather and I am officially hooked.  It really is as easy as everyone has said, and I love being able to trust what my kids are eating.  Its an added bonus that no fruit has to go to waste!

Now, you may have wondered why all these pictures look a bit funny.  They were actually taken with my phone.

I had to bring my Canon 7D into the shop for repairs and they quoted me 4-6 weeks.  FOUR TO SIX WEEKS?!???  I tried not to faint on the spot, but it was a shock indeed.  So things might be looking a bit more… relaxed around here for a month or two.

I hope you can bear with me!

Now go make some fruit leather.  And if you dont have a dehydrator be sure to just use the oven method.  (link above) I am removing all potential for excuses here. 😉




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    • says

      You are too sweet girl! Thank you. It been almost a week not since I havent had my camera and I was going nuts, so I figured I would just use my phone and quit sulking. How are you by the way? Enjoying your new year? :)

  1. says

    To be honest I was too busy salivating to notice the more “relaxed” photos. I was also reading from my phone. Absolutely no harm done. Hope you get a good repair though!
    The recipe looks lovely and simple. I’m surprised there is only 2 Tbsp sugar too. I presume that can even be adjusted to taste if even less is desired. I will pin this for the unlikely event that there is a fruit glut soon. I can imagine all sorts of fun things to do with this for summer though. Thanks :)

  2. Melissa says

    So, i recently made a very similar recipe, only it included using raisins with the pears. The kiddo loved it and I loved that it was healthy and refined-sugar free! The recipe I made only had it baking for 3 hours and at a slightly higher temp if 200f. Since I don’t ever have a day I can tie up my oven for 6+ hours, I’m wondering if I can do the same with this recipe? Is there more moisture that Akers longer to dry? Would it burn if I bumped the temp up to 200 and reduced the time?
    Also, I try to keep my toddlers snacks as low sugar as possible, would these taste ok without adding the sugar? Could I sub a more natural alternative like agave nectar for some of the water?

    • says

      Hi Melissa… I dont know about the cooking times. I think that would depend on how you want the fruit to be and what level of doneness you are comfortable with. You can certainly try it without sugar, the pears are so sweet. :) Happy baking!