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Baked Apple Turon with Salted Caramel Sauce

Baked apple turon is a delightfully delicious twist on the popular Filipino snack, turon or banana lumpia. Made with gorgeous Ontario apples and baked instead of fried, it’s a healthier alternative and made with an ingredient we all love.

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Baked Apple Turon

Welcome to the second week of January everyone! How has 2018 been so far? I’ve been back to work and back to blogging for a week now and I must say I still sing Christmas carols in my head (and maybe out loud teehee). How are those resolutions coming along?

Us? We don’t do resolutions anymore. We’ve crossed over to goals and creating new habits. Last year we were determined to live healthier so we started doing CrossFit and eating healthier. So while we still eat our fair share of cookies (I mean, cookies!), we also eat more proteins and ancient grains and bake instead of fry most dishes (yay for me, The Unlikely Baker lol).

Like these baked apple turon (the word “turon” loosely translates to fried spring rolls…but filled with bananas). I am so happy how they turned out. Instead of deep-frying them in oil just like how turon is traditionally made, we decided to bake them. Apples are super healthy (an apple a day…) and we wanted to stay true to that.

We’ve had to experiment a little to get them crispy like a proper turon and I’m happy to report we did it! Read on to find out how.

How to make turon crispy in the oven

Baked Apple Turon

We’ve found that there are three key things to making baked apple turon crispy:

  1. Brush the whole turon with melted butter. Get into every nook and cranny of that turon.
  2. Place the turon on an oven-safe wire rack which you then place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. This is necessary because if you just place the turon directly on the baking sheet, the bottom will become very soggy.
  3. Turn the turon halfway during baking so that the bottom gets the chance to turn golden brown too (and remember,  brush with butter!)

How to wrap turon

Baked Apple Turon

Properly wrapping turon (or any spring roll for that matter) is important too. You don’t want the filling bursting out during cooking. Red’s a turon wrapper ninja so I took photos of her in action. See the recipe for step-by-step pictures.

Baked apple turon

Baked Apple Turon

In my last apple recipe – Easy Refreshing Apple Buko Salad – I chose empire apples for their tartness and crispness. This time, I knew I wanted something a little sweeter but still crispy – I didn’t want the filling to fall apart while baking. So I went with golden delicious apples.

I love this handy apple usage guide – it helps you pick the perfect apple for your needs!

I also always make sure to look for the Foodland logo when I’m buying apples. It tells me I’m getting Ontario apples and I only want the best!

Optional fixings

(Side note: I had to google how to spell “fixings” and uncovered a whole debate about fixins vs. fix-ins vs. fixin’s vs. fixings! Who knew? Anyway).

Baked Apple Turon

Baked apple turon is great on its own but if you want an extra special treat (had a bad day at work?), you can drizzle them with salted caramel sauce and top them with chopped almonds. Flavour heaven!

Hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

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Baked Apple Turon

Baked Apple Turon

Author: Jolina
Baked apple turon is a delightfully delicious twist on the popular Filipino snack, turon or banana lumpia. Made with apples and baked instead of fried, it’s a healthier alternative and made with an ingredient we all love.
5 from 37 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 14 pieces
Calories 59 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 Golden Delicious apples cored and sliced (see note 1)
  • 14 pcs 8x8 spring roll pastry wrapper (see note 2)
  • ¼ tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup water
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place an oven-safe wire rack on top of the parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon. Toss the apples in the cinnamon sugar and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Put a spring roll wrapper on a flat surface and place 5-6 pieces of apples near the bottom.
    Baked Apple Turon
  • Fold the bottom corner once.
    Baked Apple Turon
  • Fold it again.
    Baked Apple Turon
  • Take one side and fold it into the middle of your turon. Make sure to wrap the apples snuggly.
    Baked Apple Turon
  • Take the other side and fold.
    Baked Apple Turon
  • Fold the turon upwards again and dab some cornstarch water on the remaining wrapper on top. This helps seal the turon.
    Baked Apple Turon
  • Fold one last time.
    Baked Apple Turon
  • Place the turon on your prepared baking sheet. Brush with melted butter and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
    Baked Apple Turon
  • Then carefully turn each turon over, brush with more butter and continue baking for another 10-15 minutes until nice and golden. You can serve the turon immediately. Optionally, you can drizzle them with salted caramel sauce and sprinkle with chopped almonds before serving.

Notes

  1. You want to slice the apples the same size as much as possible. Think: thick french fries.
  2. You can find spring roll wrappers in the frozen section of your supermarket. Thaw according to package instructions prior to using.

Nutrition

Calories: 59kcalCarbohydrates: 7gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 6mgPotassium: 27mgSugar: 6gVitamin A: 115IUVitamin C: 1.2mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.1mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

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Tina Felizzi

Monday 10th of August 2020

Hi. Do you think I can make assemble these the night before then bake the next day?

Jolina

Tuesday 11th of August 2020

Hi Tina, they're going to get wet and soggy if not baked soon after assembly. Maybe you can freeze them? I haven't tried that though so can't be sure how it'll work.

Diane

Thursday 15th of March 2018

I made some for my son and he likes them. I like that they are baked. I think this will be good picnic food. And I will try other fruit next time. Thanks for the recipe.

Jolina

Monday 26th of March 2018

Hi Diane! Glad you and your son like them. We like that they are baked too, we don't like dealing with hot oil all that much!

Deb

Thursday 8th of March 2018

I love this idea and can't wait to try!

Rina

Wednesday 7th of March 2018

Hi. Do you think if I make traditional turon by baking like this it will work?

Jolina

Thursday 8th of March 2018

Hi Rina. I'm sure it will. Enjoy!

Frank

Tuesday 6th of March 2018

I am familiar with Philippines cuisine and have tried turon the bananas and liked them a lot. They are usually covered in a lot of caramelized sugar. I tried your apple turon and I like that its baked not fried and not too sweet depending on the apples. I didn't make caramel sauce trying to cut down on sugar. It was still very tasty I think I will try the bananas baked next time. Do you have a recipe for easy pancit or lumpia?

Jolina

Thursday 8th of March 2018

Hi Frank. Glad you liked them! I do have recipes for pancit and lumpia...they're not quite ready for the blog though :) Watch out for them in the coming weeks.