Editor's Note: Local mom Val Creager of Apex Farmers' Market, Tequila Dale's and lots of other ventures, shares this recipe ahead of the market's opening day on Saturday and its Race to the Market 5K.
Here's a recipe for a classic kid favorite without all the artificial ingredients. This one is SUPER easy, but takes a little bit of time. So be sure to plan it on an afternoon or evening when you won't be needing your oven for anything else.
Strawberry Fruit Leather
Fresh strawberries (about a quart)
Honey (to taste)
Preheat your oven to 170 degrees.
Then, Clean your strawberries and remove the stems. Next blend them up in the blender until they are completely pureed. Add honey to taste. You want the puree to be more sweet than sour, but not overly so. Then, line your cookie sheet with parchment paper and strawberry puree onto the paper. Using a spatula, spread evenly on the paper.
Pop in the oven and bake for about 4 hours. (Yes, FOUR hours.) depending upon your oven, it may take a little less or a little more time. You'll know it's finished when the puree feels solid and tacky but not sticky and wet. Once it's done, pull it out of the oven and let it cool completely.
Once cooled, I like to trim off all the jagged edges to make it look pretty and you have a perfect rectangle. Then, you simply roll up the parchment paper with the strawberry leather on the inside. Using kitchen scissors, cut into about 1 inch rolls. My kids LOVE these and they will last in a Ziploc bag for about a week.
The Apex Farmers' Market will be open on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting this weekend, April 23. Opening day includes live music, food trucks, kids activities and free face painting, along with fresh produce and other local items. Find it at 220 N. Salem St. in Apex.
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