Lunch Lady vs Uncle Tobys Roll Ups

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Lunch Lady vs Uncle Tobys Roll Ups
10 March 2015

I received quite a few requests for my fruit leather recipe after I posted a photo of the truckload I made for the girls, on instagram.

This is, THE Lunch Lady vs the World showdown I have been waiting for. It is one that makes me particularly cranky every time I walk the supermarket aisles. You put the homemade version, side by side with the processed version and it is a no brainer.

What You Need

From Scratch Apple Fruit Leather

  • 8 Apples
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon (of you want to get fancy)
  • sugar, to taste (you don’t have to add this)

Uncle Tobys Roll Ups

  • Maltodextrin
    – Maize or Wheat
  • Concentrated Fruit Paste (22%)
    – Apple (15%)
    – Pear (5%)
    – Peach (2%)
  • Modified Starch
    – 1412
    – Wheat
  • Fruit Juice Concentrated (5%)
    – Apple (2%)
    – Orange (1.4%)
    – Pineapple (1.4%)
  • Dietary Fibre (Inulin)
  • Vegetable Oil
    – Emulsifier Lecithin (Soy)
  • Antioxidants
    – 304
    – 306
  • Emulsifier
    – 471
  • Food Acid
    – Citric
    – Malic
  • Sugar
  • Natural Colours Extracted from Fruit, Vegetables and Plants
    – Chlorophyll
    – Anthocyanin
    – Turmeric
    – Carbon Black
  • Vegetables Gums
    – 410
    – 415

What You Need to Do

From Scratch Apple Fruit Leather

  1. Preheat oven to 160˚C.
  2. Peel, core and chop up your apples. Unless you have one of those fancy things that make your apples all spirally. I must get one of these.
    Pop them in a saucepan with a cup of water and simmer for approx 10 minutes. Until the apples are soft.
  3. Add the sugar and cinnamon if you like, and cook for a further 3 minutes.
  4. Take the apple mix off the heat and whizz it with a stick blender, if you don’t have one, then pop in in a blender and make it in to a puree.
  5. Line a baking tray with some greaseproof paper.
  6. Poor your apple mix over the baking tray, nice and evenly (you want your leather to dry out at the same time, I once made it with big wet blobby bits. It was still ok, but better without them)
  7. Place the tray in the oven for 2 – 3 hours. Check after 2, you’d like it to be able to come away from the paper once cooled.
  8. Slice your leather in to strips and place in an air tight container. They won’t be around for long though. Trust me.

Uncle Tobys Roll Ups
(These are the actually directions, promise)

  1. I know that you can’t wait to eat me, but first you must unroll me and peel me from my plastic.

I know my version doesn’t look super pretty, but it is all natural and that’s what we all want for ourselves and our little people.