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[Recipe] Airfryer Turon (Saba Banana wrapped in crispy lumpia wrapper)

Air-fried Turon (banana wrapped in crispy pastry)

Turon before cooking in an AirFryer

Yes. You can cook Turon in an Airfryer. This is a healthier way of cooking since it absorbs significantly less oil.

Turon is a popular Filipino dessert. It is typically made from the "saba" variety of banana which is a little bit starchier than normal table bananas especially if it is not yet fully ripe (closer to plantains when not yet fully ripe — interestingly, Wikipedia states that there isn't really a botanical distinction between table bananas and plantains except that the latter is used to describe bananas that are cooked first before eaten. So I guess that makes the saba variety a type of plantain). You could still eat it as it is when fully ripe but it is the type usually used in cooking and is even used in brothy Filipino dishes such as pochero and nilagang baka

The special version will include langka (jackfruit) inside as an extra treat and sometimes sesame seeds on the surface.

Traditionally this dessert is fried in oil but for this recipe, we will be making it a little bit healthier by using an air fryer and just spritz a little bit of oil on the surface to get a golden color and for the crispy texture of the outermost pastry wrap.  

Serve right out of the AirFryer and is perfect for an afternoon snack.

Saba bananas
Coconut sap sugar (or alternately Muscovado sugar)
Vegetable oil in a bottle sprayer
Candied langka (Jackfruit)
Lumpia wrappers

Peel and cut the saba banana lengthwise into 2. Roll each piece in coconut sap sugar until fully coated.
Place a piece of candied langka in between the 2 halves. 
Wrap the sugar encrusted bananas in lumpia wrapper (one to two layers).
After making several of these, place on a rack and lightly spray with vegetable oil.
Arrange the pieces inside the AirFryer basket making sure that you leave some space in between for proper air circulation.
Cook at 180 DegC until crispy and golden brown.


Anonymous said...

Does it stay crispy as long as the deep fried version?

JEP said...

The do stay crispy but do take note that the inner pastry wrapper doesn't really crisp up as much as the deep fried version.

Unknown said...

I like to use a pastry brush to brush melted butter/margarine and since I don't have an air fryer, I use a toaster oven. Works well naman. I just need to slice the bananas more thinly so the saba cooks before the wrapper burns.

JEP said...

Hmmm, brushing melted butter sounds like a great idea. I'll try that next time.

Unknown said...

I prefer to keep the distinction that true plantains are different. Wikipedia says: "In botanical usage, the term "plantain" is used only for true plantains, while other starchy cultivars used for cooking are called "cooking bananas". True plantains are cultivars belonging to the AAB group, while cooking bananas are any cultivars belonging to AAB, AAA, ABB, or BBB groups. The currently accepted scientific name for all such cultivars in these groups is Musa × paradisiaca."