One of the things that we have been talking about trying since we started this blog is Fruit Rolls. You know those sticky candy rolls that you buy just when you thought you were done shopping in the supermarket. They usually contain gelatin, preservatives and a whole lot of sugar. After a quick recipe search on the internet it seems like that doesn’t have to be the case. Just using fruit is actually enough to make candy in all kind of shapes and colors. In contrast to our seven-minute-sweets, this candy is more of a seven hour thing! Making them is actually quite simple but they need a long time in the oven on the lowest temperature possible. We decided to make two different kinds, yellow (mango, apricots and oranges) and red (raspberries, blackberries and bananas), they both tasted great!
Scroll down to see how we made them.
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When making fruit rolls you can basically use whatever fruit you have at home. Either you can stick to one sort of fruit or you can mix different kinds. You can also mix fresh, frozen and dried fruit.
We used 1 fresh mango, 200 g dried apricots, 1 orange (the juice) to make the yellow. And frozen raspberries, frozen blackberries and 1 banana to make the red. We have written some more fruit suggestions further down. You can also add spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla pods or mint leaves.
Warm the fruit in a pot on the stove and mix it into a puree. If there are seeds in the puree you can pour it into a sieve to get the seeds out (we didn’t). Spread the puree on a parchment paper, 1 1/2 cup of fruit puree is enough for 1 baking sheet, and put in the oven on 140°F (or as low as your oven can go). Let the oven door be a little bit open to let the moist out.
They are done when the puree isn’t sticky anymore, you normally need between 5-8 hours depending on the oven (if the temperature is higher they will be done in less time, but there is a risk they get burnt and too dry). Use a scissor to cut them and roll them when they are still warm (we used a pencil to get the right shape).
Here are some fruit mixes that we will try the next time.
Green: Kiwi, mango and mint leaves
Blue: Blueberries and grape juice
Red: Strawberries and banana
Sprinkle coconut flakes and serve them as Fruit flats. Or roll them into Fruit Roll-Ups