I don’t have many vices. I am probably the healthiest person my friends and family know. I exercise daily, don’t drink or smoke and am conscious of my food choices, opting for the most wholesome ingredients the majority of the time. As I have said on many an occasion,
It’s a lifestyle, not a diet.
Which is why most are shocked when I admit that my one weakness is sugar. I’m going to put it out there, sugar is a drug. It’s said to be 8 times more addictive than cocaine – do your research as have I if you doubt this statement. It rots teeth, gives a false high, tastes so good…I love the stuff but I have an addictive personality and so these elements combined equal danger.
With this knowledge, I try to stay clear of the sweet stuff and only add it to coffee (I have 1 or 2 cups a day), drinking herbal teas and water the rest of the time. Fruit juice rarely pass my lips, fizzy drinks never. Despite this, it is everywhere and is hidden in many processed and prepared foods. Check the food labels in your cupboards to see how much sugar is hiding under the names which follow.
I have considered a sugar detox but am not quite ready yet so a conscious reduction in the amount of sugar I consume is my thing. Hence my delight when I randomly came across Urban Fruit, the brand who have a fabulous range of gently baked fruits (and nothing else) in pretty packaging. I had the Smashing Strawberry and the Cheeky Cherry, and was impressed at the contents – well see for yourself.
Naturally I figured I could easily replicate these treats and having learnt that strawberries dried in the oven taste exactly like sweets, I made an attempt.
400g of quartered strawberries
Place the quartered strawberries onto a lined baking tray, place into a preheated oven and bake for around 3 hours at 200F/95C.
Whilst this is the recommended method, it’s not the one I followed hence the reason why my strawberries came out looking like this,
instead of this.
What happened I hear you ask?
In short I got overzealous and put the strawberries in for 4 mins at a high heat before lowing the temperature. This meant that they started to reduce too quickly.
And what is the lesson here?
Follow the instructions people! Luckily I had only made these for the consumption of my household, though despite the fact that they are actually banging (London speak for delectable) they do look a bit like soggy mushrooms. Needless to say, I’ll be giving these another go – they are far easier and a lot less messy than fruit roll ups which I love too! I’ll be snacking on these whilst watching the latest episode of one of my favourite TV shows.
Have you ever given baked fruits a go? I’d love to hear about your experiences and share tips!