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!
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Roll out Pepperridge Farm Puff pastry, one sheet at a time. If making bites, cut 24 squares or circles per each sheet.
- 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.
- Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.
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.