In celebration of the National Fritters Day on December 2, I made our Filipino banana fritter called “turon.”
Turon is a favorite dessert or snack here in the Philippines and to make it a little more special, I added cream cheese to the recipe. It brings me back to my childhood where I would usually buy banana fritters from my friend’s mom and snack up on it as we play under the trees in our garden.
I don’t exactly know why this is called turon in the Philippines. A turron (Spanish) or torrone (Italian) is a nougat confection made of honey, sugar, and egg white, with toasted nuts. I’m guessing it’s because of the nougat-y finish brought by the caramelized brown sugar. I somehow understand why it’s called a banana fritter. A fritter is any kind of food coated in batter and deep fried. A Filipino turon, however, uses Chinese pastry wrapper as its coating.