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Homemade Fruit Rollups

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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)
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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. ;)