During the pandemic, I am taking taste-bud journeys as I self-isolate rather than physical journeys. Here is my adapted recipe for making a second round of Mixed Fruit Roll-ups. It was inspired by the many video tutorials to be found on YouTube. This round, I hoped to do a better job of spreading out the fruit mixture in such a way that it was thicker on the edges than in the middle. I also experimented by using a much higher temperature than the last time I made a similar recipe. That way, I can compare results.
Conclusion: I have learned that 165 degrees Fahrenheit is probably too high of a temperature and 125 degrees is probably too low. Next time I make this, I will try 145 degrees instead. Using the highest temperature in a Cosori Dehydrator possible, 165, made them too dry to roll. Instead, just like you would peanut brittle, I had to break the finished product into large pieces. They were somewhat pliant but not enough to roll. They did not have a scorched or burnt taste. They were delicious like candy. They just were too brittle to roll. At 165 degrees, I dehydrated them for 6 1/2 hours. Then, I peeled them free and flipped them the best I could. I gave the pieces an additional 45 minutes to dry the still wet spots on the flipped side.
I have also learned that when using a raised-lip silicone mold, I should not try to get the batter to reach the edges. Instead, I should try to treat the mixture like I would if the silicone mold was flat and I had to make certain the edges of the mixture were scooted together like I did for the one tray where I actually used a flat silicone mold. That was the only one that peeled off without breaking. The other five trays, where I used the lipped molds, they were all impossible to peel off as one unbroken piece.
My other learned lesson is that although the mixture needs to be a bit thicker on the edges than in the middle, I should not allow the middle to be too thin. Since I made this mistake, the middle pieces had to be peeled off in smaller chunks. I placed those broken chunks into a cereal bowl and munched on them while I gave the other pieces an additional 45 minutes in the dehydrator after I had flipped them.
- Thawed frozen fruit such as raspberries, peaches, blackberries, and strawberries
- 2 containers of single-serving unsweetened applesauce
- 2 cans of sliced peaches
- Coconut Oil to grease the silicone molds
- 3 tablespoons of Chia Seeds (for binding and extra nourishment)
- 1 teaspoon of Xanthan Gum (for binding)
- Eight long squirts (to taste) of Grape Water Enhancer (flavored sweetener)
Procedure - I made some tactical errors that I have learned from. I used red to reflect what I should have done instead of what I actually did on this second round of attempting to make fruit roll-ups.
- Step 1: Using a food processor, blend all solid fruit into a purée.
- Step 2: Mix whatever fruit together that you personally find to be a tasty mixture. In my case, I used strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, and unsweetened applesauce.
- Step 3: Add as much or as little sweetener as you find to be pleasing. Since I had a large mixing bowl full of blended fruit, I gave it about eight long squirts of Grape Water Enhancer.
- Step 4: Once you feel the taste is exactly what you desire, add in 3 tablespoons of Chia Seeds to help bind this mixture together plus add extra nourishment. Also stir in 1 teaspoon of Xanthan Gum. After stirring it all in, set your timer for at least fifteen minutes to give it time to gel.
- Step 5: Load your trays with this fruit mixture on silicone molds with lips on the side to prevent the mixture from spilling over to the trays below. Using an offset spatula, spread out the mixture to be about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Do not try to push the mixture to the edges of the raised-lipped mold. Instead, using the offset spatula, push the edges together about 1/2 inch or a bit more from the edges of the mold. That will make this much easier to peel and flip. Make certain the mixture is thicker on the edges than the middle. However, do not make the middle parts too thin. That was a mistake on my part that I have now learned from.
- Step 6: Plug in your dehydrator and set the temperature gauge to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Set the time for four hours so you can check on how the drying process is going. I now know that 165 degrees is too high of a temperature to use. I have already learned that 125 degrees was too low. I will try 145 degrees the next time I make these. I ended up dehydrating the current batch for 6 1/2 hours, peeled off what I could, and then flipped what remained over and dehydrated the flipped pieces for an additional 45 minutes. I left them to sit in the dehydrator for the rest of the night while I slept. In the morning, I ended up having to break up the large pieces into small enough pieces to fit into my storage container - kind of like what you would do to peanut brittle. They were not burnt or scorched at all. They were even a tiny bit pliant feeling. Just not pliant enough to roll. They were brittle enough to easily break into medium-size pieces.
- Step 7: So when i get around to making round 3, I will try dehydrating them at 145 degrees Fahrenheit. I will also not follow through on the other lessons I learned from this second round. Progress forward but not out of the woods yet, so to speak. In any case, these are quite delicious like yummy candy. I will have no problem at all in consuming them over the course of the next few days. Then and only then will I attempt round three. Lol!
Here is a video tutorial for how to make applesauce fruit rollups in the oven. It is short and sweet. The chef dried hers for 6 to 8 hours in the oven at 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
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- 3 Edge Fruit Leather Silicone Dehydrator Sheets Compatible With Cosori Premium CP267-FD Non Stick Dryer Mats for Jerky, Fruit, Herbs, Chips, Flax Crackers Crusts Tray Lip Liners from Amazon
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- BAKER DEPOT 2 pcs Swiss Roll Cake Mat Pad Baking Mold Pastry Tools Silicone Nonstick Baking Rug Mat Silicone Mould from Amazon
- COSORI Premium Food Dehydrator Machine(50 Free Recipes), 6 Stainless Steel Trays with Digital Timer and Temperature Control for Beef,Jerky,Fruit,Dog Treats,Herbs,ETL Listed/FDA Compliant from Amazon
Cooking Sites that have inspired me:
Books written by Debbie Dunn:
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