Get ready to indulge in the delightful flavors of a classic apple pie with a unique twist! These Baked Apple Pie Rice Paper Rolls are the perfect addition to your holiday dessert spread. Filled with tender apple cubes, warm cinnamon, and sweet brown sugar, each bite offers a burst of comforting and festive taste. The best part? These delectable treats are not only delicious but also fun to make. With just a handful of simple ingredients and rice papers, you can whip up these mouthwatering rolls in no time.
Dessert rice paper
Apples are one of the fruits of fall season and are also one of the symbols of Rosh Hashanah. Instead of another apple cake recipe, this time I am sharing an individual dessert that is quick and rather easy to make. With only 5 ingredients, you can whip these baked apple pie rolls (or turnovers) and impress your guests and family.
In fact I like to consider this recipe a Sukkot recipe since there is a habit of having stuffed or filled foods in Sukkot. Filled foods symbolize the bounty of the harvest. Sukkot symbols aren’t edible and there is no dedicated dishes particularly to this holiday. Each family makes their own festive food however they like. Usually its challah, kugel, salads, some protein and of course, desserts. The food on this holiday is special since we have it outside of the house in the sukkah.
Is rice paper gluten free
These baked rolls are made with rice paper. I found colorful rice paper while shopping and thought it's cute and adds festivity to the dish. These rice papers are colored with natural food colors of brown rice, beets and turmeric. The flavor is the same as the white ones, the natural colors doesn’t add any flavor. Therefore regular white rice paper works the same and fit the recipe too. With rice paper as the turnover "dough" the dish is gluten free. If you don’t mind having gluten then you can also make these rolls with phyllo sheets or puff pastry.
Ingredients and process
To make these apple pie rolls or turnovers you will need rice paper, apples, cinnamon, sugar and some vegetable oil. For garnish I used pomegranate seeds and I also drizzled the rolls with honey. If you switch the honey with maple syrup the recipe will be vegan. Another garnish option is to sprinkle powdered sugar.
The process of making the rolls start with cooking the apple pie filling shortly and letting it cool. Then you dip rice paper in water to make it soft and ready to be filled. Place the filling in a line and close the 2 sides of the paper on the filling and roll. Continue like that for all the rolls you are making. Place all the rolled rolls on a pan, brush with vegetable oil and bake for 15-20 minutes. Garnish as you wish and enjoy the crunchy bite.
The rolls are perfect as a small individual dessert. You can make the filling in advance and keep in the fridge ready to use. You can serve the baked rolls to the table with some options of garnish like cut fruits, powdered sugar, honey or even ice cream or sorbet and let each guest garnish as they wish.
Tips for Making Perfect Baked Apple Pie Rice Paper Rolls
Consistency of Apple Cubes
Cut the apple cubes into small, uniform sizes. This ensures even cooking and a consistent filling for each rice paper roll.
Soften Rice Papers Correctly
Dip each rice paper in water for just a few seconds until it becomes pliable. Over-soaking can lead to tearing, while under-soaking can result in stiff, unworkable sheets.
Have all your ingredients ready and work quickly when assembling the rolls. Rice papers can dry out fast, so keep them covered with a damp cloth if you're not using them immediately.
Sealing the Rolls
Make sure to seal the edges of the rice paper rolls tightly to prevent the filling from leaking out during baking. You can use a bit of water to help the edges stick together.
Keep a close eye on the rolls while baking, as the cooking time can vary depending on your oven. They should turn golden brown and become crispy. Avoid overbaking to maintain a tender apple filling.
Cooling and Serving
Allow the baked rolls to cool at room temperature before garnishing or serving. This gives them time to firm up, making them easier to handle and adding a delightful texture contrast to the crispy exterior.
Customize the garnishes to your liking. You can drizzle honey for added sweetness, sprinkle powdered sugar for a snowy effect, or add bright pomegranate seeds for a burst of color and tanginess.
Yes, you can prepare the apple filling ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to a day. Make sure to cool the filling completely before storing it in an airtight container. When you're ready to assemble the rolls, bring the filling to room temperature before proceeding.
It's not recommended to freeze the assembled rolls, as freezing may cause the rice paper to become soggy upon thawing. It's best to bake the rolls and then store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a day.
While spring roll wrappers may be similar in appearance to rice papers, they have different ingredients and textures. Rice papers are specifically designed for fresh or baked rolls, offering a light and delicate texture when prepared correctly. Using spring roll wrappers may result in a different taste and texture.
Yes, you can reheat the baked rolls in the oven at a low temperature (around 150°C/ 300°F) for a few minutes to restore their crispiness. Avoid using the microwave, as it may make the rolls soggy.
Absolutely! You can get creative with the fillings and add your favorite ingredients. For example, you can mix in chopped nuts, dried fruits, or even a spoonful of caramel sauce to enhance the flavor.
While these rolls are best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare them a few hours ahead of time and keep them at room temperature. If you need to reheat them, use the oven at a low temperature to avoid making them too crispy or dry.
Yes, you can serve the Baked Apple Pie Rice Paper Rolls with a dipping sauce for added flavor. A simple vanilla or caramel sauce complements the apple pie flavors well.
Yes, you can use other mild-flavored oils like coconut oil for brushing the rolls before baking. Each oil will lend a slightly different taste, so choose the one that suits your preference.
Other individual dessert recipes to try:
Check out my all my holiday recipes on my Jewish holiday recipe index.
Bake these apple pie rolls today!
Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply craving a comforting treat, these Baked Apple Pie Rice Paper Rolls are sure to be a hit. So, gather your loved ones, embrace the joy of the holiday season, and savor the magic of these scrumptious delights. Happy Holidays!
Baked Apple Pie Rice Paper Rolls
- 3 apples
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅓ cup light brown sugar
- rice papers
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (for brushing the rolls before baking)
For garnish - optional
- pomegranate seeds
- powdered sugar
- Set the oven to 170°C/ 350°F with the fan.
- Peel and cut the apples into small cubes.
- Place the apple cubes in a pan and cook on high for few minutes.
- Add cinnamon and sugar to the apples and mix well.
- Cook a few more minutes until the apples soften.
- Set aside to cool.
- Prepare a plate with a bit of water and another plate on which you will roll the rolls.
- Dip one rice paper for a few seconds in the water and move it to the empty plate.
- Add 2 tablespoons of the apple filling in a line.
- Close the 2 sides of the paper on the filling and roll.
- Continue steps 7-10 for all the rolls.
- Place the rolls on a baking pan.
- Brush the rolls with vegetable oil.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Cool at room temperature.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar, add pomegranate seeds, or drizzle honey if desired, or just garnish as you wish.
- Serve and Happy Holidays!