A tried and true base recipe for making fruit strips at home using fresh, simple ingredients. Included are some tasty variations to try and customize!
Domino® Golden Sugar
Domino® Golden Sugar, the less-processed sugar you can use more freely in all your favorite foods. Made from pure cane sugar, it works cup-for-cup just like white sugar, but has a beautiful golden color and a distinct hint of molasses flavor.
- 1 1/4 lbs Desired fruit (peeled, deseeded, cored) 1 1/4 lbs Desired fruit (peeled, deseeded, cored)
- Domino® Golden Sugar 3/4 cup 3/4 cup Domino® Golden Sugar
- 1 - 2 tablespoons Citrus juice 1 - 2 tablespoons Citrus juice
- 1/4 teaspoon Sea salt 1/4 teaspoon Sea salt
Preheat the oven to 225°F.
Add your desired fruit, Domino® Golden Sugar, desired citrus juice, and salt to a blender or food processor. Blend until the fruit is fully pureed and has a smooth consistency. If you are using berries, you can strain out the seeds, if desired.
Pour the mixture into a thick-bottomed saucepan, and simmer on medium heat.
Stir frequently, ensuring you scrape the bottom and sides of the saucepan frequently. Continue to cook until the mixture is very thick. This can take up to half an hour.
Add a silicone baking mat to a rimmed baking sheet, then pour the mixture over the mat. Spread the mixture in and bake for 3 - 3 ½ hours.
Allow it to cool completely, then peel off from the silicone mat. If the underside feels tacky, flip the fruit and place the sheet back in the oven at the lowest temperature for 20 minutes. Allow to cool again.
Lay the fruit strip on parchment or wax paper. Cut into strips and roll. Place in an airtight container.
You can use lemon, lime, or grapefruit juice in your fruit strips. Each one will add a little something different to the flavor. I recommend trying out different types to see what you like the best.
Blueberry Pie - Use 1 ¼ lbs of blueberries, and before you transfer the mixture to the baking sheet, stir in 1 teaspoon each of vanilla and butter extract
Cherry Berry - Use ¾ lbs of pitted cherries and ½ lbs mixed berries.
Apple - Use 1 ¼ lbs of Granny Smith, Honeycrisp Jazz, Gala, or similar apples, peeled, and cored. Add in 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and a pinch of ground ginger to the blender.
Strawberry Banana – Use two bananas, and enough strawberries to reach the remaining weight needed. Use the full 2 tablespoons of citrus juice (lemon, recommended)
Peach - Add ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon along with 1 ¼ lbs of peaches to the blender
Mango Passion Fruit - Omit the citrus juice and add 1/3 cup passion fruit juice along with 1 ¼ lbs of mangoes. It may take longer to cook down.