This homemade version of a children's lunchbox staple offers an easy way to prolong the life of fresh fruit such as plums, peaches, or blueberries. The oven-drying process, which takes about two hours, concentrates the flavors of the fruit beautifully.
- Yield: Makes one 15-by-10-inch sheet
Source: Martha Stewart Living Television
- 1 pound ripe apricots, plums, peaches, strawberries, or blueberries, washed and coarsely chopped
- 2/3 cup sugar
In a medium saucepan, combine fruit and sugar over low heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Raise heat to medium-low; bring mixture just to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thick and fruit is very soft, 30 to 40 minutes.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper; set aside. Using an immersion blender, or food processor fitted with the steel blade, puree until very smooth. Strain through a fine mesh sieve.
Spread strained fruit mixture evenly over prepared baking sheet. Bake until dry, but still tacky, about 2 hours. Cool completely.
Cover surface of fruit with parchment paper. Invert onto cutting board; parchment side down. Peel off Silpat. With the pizza wheel, cut fruit in half lengthwise and again in half crosswise, forming four equal rectangles. Cut through parchment with a knife to separate. Roll each rectangle up tightly in parchment paper beginning with the short side of the fruit that does not have extra parchment paper. This will allow you to peel the fruit from the parchment paper. Store them in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.