Flaky Taro Pie Bites

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Whenever I visit Manila, I had to buy these taro pies from the local McDonald’s.  For some reason, the fried apple pie does not interest me much but I could devour several of these taro pies.  The filling is made from taro root sweetened and flavored with a bit of cinnamon (I am only guessing) and fried using the same pastry they use for the apple pie/turnovers.  A while back, I made flaky apple turnovers for Tuesdays with Dorie using homemade puff pastry.  I always wanted to make my version of the taro pie but it got pushed in the back of my mind with all the other baking and cooking I have doing for the holidays, I just didn’t have the time.  Until Foodbuzz Tastemakers sent an email to try Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry. I knew I have no excuse anymore not to try my taro pie version!

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Ingredients:

  • 5 pieces taro root, washed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbs  cinnamon sugar
  • 1 tbs purple yam jam
  • 1 package Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry sheets (2 sheets)

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Directions:

  1. To prepare the filling, peel the taro roots, place in sauce pan and add enough water to cover.  Boil until just soft.  Drain and set aside.
  2. In a food processor or blender, place boiled taro roots, sugar and purple yam jam.  Process all blend until well combined.  You should have a thick (not watery) filling that resembles very, very  thick paste.
  3. Preheat oven to 400F.
  4. Roll out Pepperridge Farm Puff pastry, one sheet at a time. If making bites, cut 24 squares or circles per each sheet.
  5. Sprinkle each square or circle with cinnamon sugar.  Place  1 tsp of taro filling at center and then fold over and seal edges.  Sprinkle more cinnamon sugar on top.
  6. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool on wire rack.

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Notes:  You can use sweet yam or purple yam instead of taro root.  You can adjust the sugar per your taste.   You can also make bigger “pies” much like the ones from McDonalds by cutting each sheet into 4 squares.  Equally divide the filling among the 8 sheets, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and then fold over.  Seal edges by pressing.  Continue as above.

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» lululu said: { Dec 10, 2009 - 11:12 }

Though I love Mcdonald’s apple pie a lot, I have to say there are so many other variety of pies tailored made for Mcdonald’s in SE Asian countries.
I’ve tried pineapple pie once when I visited Thailand, this taro pie sounds very delicious! Will definitely give it a try when I visit Manila sometime.

» jenn said: { Dec 10, 2009 - 11:12 }

I try to avoid McDo every time I go back there. But now that I know that they have these taro pies there. I’m definitely going to hit it up. I love taro. I coup eat it up my the spoonful.

» Beatrice said: { Dec 10, 2009 - 05:12 }

These look good but I don’t have purple yam jam — what do you think would be a good substitute?

» Janice said: { Dec 10, 2009 - 09:12 }

These look wonderful, I love the taro root filling.

» Jeannie said: { Dec 11, 2009 - 04:12 }

Looks so crispy.. I am sure it tasted delicious too. Beautiful pics.

» Amy @ SImply Sugar & Gluten Free said: { Dec 11, 2009 - 08:12 }

I am so enjoying your pics…the pastry puffed and crisped beautifully.

» Vegetable Matter said: { Dec 11, 2009 - 08:12 }

Taro pies at McDonald’s??? How cool. Bet yours are even better!

» Tita Beng said: { Dec 11, 2009 - 08:12 }

Looks perfect!

» Alta (Tasty Eats At Home) said: { Dec 11, 2009 - 10:12 }

I tell you, these do look good! I wouldn’t be one to crave anything at McDonald’s (not that I’ve visited the ones in Manila, so you never know…), but these I could go for!

» Rochelle (Acquired Taste) said: { Dec 11, 2009 - 01:12 }

These look like great sweet treats! Never heard of yam jam but it sounds very interesting :)

» claudia said: { Dec 11, 2009 - 03:12 }

I do not know taro root but from the looks ofit – it is delicious! How fun to have it in a pie.

» redkathy said: { Dec 11, 2009 - 08:12 }

Have no idea what taro root tastes like but I do like yams. Now your ohotos, they are superb!

» Tangled Noodle said: { Dec 12, 2009 - 09:12 }

Oh! I’m going to look for taro pies at McD’s when we visit Manila over the holidays! I’d like to taste it first before trying to make it so that I know what’s expected. These look great!

» virtual chef said: { Dec 13, 2009 - 06:12 }

TN: Hmmmm …I’m soooo jealous you will be in Manila for the holidays!!! Have a couple of taro pies for me!

» virtual chef said: { Dec 13, 2009 - 06:12 }

Beatrice: The purple yam jam is not required. You can skip it if you don’t have them. Or you can try sweet potato or pumpkin puree.

» virtual chef said: { Dec 13, 2009 - 06:12 }

jenn: i love them…hope you like them, too when you try them!

» virtual chef said: { Dec 13, 2009 - 06:12 }

lululu: wow…have not tried pineapple pie but would do that now when I go visit Thailand next time!

» Shelly @ Experimental Culinary Pursuits said: { Dec 13, 2009 - 07:12 }

I love taro and think it would be great in puff pastry, but I had no idea McD has this!?! Maybe only in asia?


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