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Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups

[Photographs: Sarah Jane Sanders]

If you want to make healthy, low sugar fruit snacks get outta here now. This is loaded with sugar and corn syrup, mostly pears with just a teensy amount of actual strawberries, and the fiber is strained out. Now you're probably wondering, "Why not use 100% strawberries?" Because then you'd just be reconfiguring strawberries into a 2D shape, not recreating a proper Fruit Roll-Up.

Real Fruit Roll-Ups rely on pears as the base, but dried apple rings work well and seem more widely available. Use what you can find. The point is to make a mild flavored fruit the bulk of the mix and then to use a small amount of freeze dried fruit to flavor it appropriately. I went for strawberry, but use any kind of freeze dried fruit you like. The splash of rose flower water gives the roll-ups a kind of floral nuance a bit like the odd flavor of the cellophane wrapper, but leave it out if it's not important to you.

Note: All measurements are in weights, as volume measures can be very imprecise. I strongly recommend using a scale for all pastry projects. Serious Eats' recommended kitchen scale is the Oxo Good Grips Scale with Pull Out Display.

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