Ultimate Taro Pie Recipe: Creamy Filling & Flaky Crust Guide

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When we think of comfort food, pie always comes to mind. But today, we’re taking a delightful detour from the classic flavors to introduce you to a gem that’s been a favorite in many cultures around the world: taro pie. Taro, with its slightly sweet and nutty flavor, makes an unexpectedly perfect filling for a pie that’s both familiar and intriguingly different.

Our journey into this taro pie recipe is not just about baking; it’s about exploring the versatility of taro, a root vegetable that’s often overshadowed by its more popular counterparts. This recipe is our love letter to taro, transforming it into a creamy, luscious filling encased in a flaky, buttery crust. Whether you’re a taro enthusiast or a curious newcomer, we’re excited to share this culinary adventure with you. Let’s dive into the world of taro pie together and discover a new favorite.

Ingredients for Taro Pie

Venturing into the world of taro pie, we gather all the essential ingredients to craft a dish that’s both intriguing and comforting. Here’s what we need to bring our taro pie to life.

Taro Filling Ingredients

  • 2 cups of taro, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Pie Crust Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons ice water
  • Whipped cream, for serving
  • A sprinkle of ground cinnamon
  • Toasted coconut flakes

Tools and Equipment Needed

Embarking on the journey to create the perfect taro pie, we need to ensure we have all the right tools and equipment on hand. This ensures a smooth preparation process and guarantees that our taro pie turns out just as we envision it. Let’s walk through the essentials.

Mixing Bowls

First, we’ll need a variety of mixing bowls. Having different sizes is advantageous for separating the pie crust ingredients from the taro filling. This helps in organizing our workflow and keeping our ingredients ready to go.

Measuring Cups and Spoons

Accuracy is key in baking, so we’ll rely on measuring cups and spoons to get the exact quantities of our ingredients. This ensures that our taro pie has the perfect balance of flavors and textures.

Whisk and Spatula

For our taro filling, a whisk will be indispensable to blend everything to a creamy consistency. A spatula, on the other hand, will be our best friend for folding the ingredients gently, ensuring our filling is airy and light.

Food Processor

To achieve a flaky pie crust, a food processor will be our go-to tool. It will help us combine the butter and flour effortlessly, distributing the fat evenly without overworking the dough.

Pie Dish

Obviously, we can’t forget the pie dish. A 9-inch pie dish is ideal for this recipe, giving our taro pie plenty of space to cook evenly and develop a beautifully browned crust.


And, of course, a reliable oven is crucial for baking our masterpiece. Preheating it to the right temperature before we slide our pie in will contribute to a gorgeously cooked taro pie that’s both satisfying to look at and to eat.

Optional: Parchment Paper and Rolling Pin

For those of us who opt to make the pie crust from scratch, parchment paper and a rolling pin will be essential. The parchment paper makes transferring the dough to the pie dish a breeze, and the rolling pin ensures an evenly thick crust that will bake to perfection.

Make-Ahead Instructions

When planning to wow your guests or simply looking to save time, making our taro pie ahead is a fantastic idea. We’ve broken down the process to help you prepare components of the taro pie in advance, ensuring you can assemble it quickly when needed.

Preparing the Crust

Let’s start with the pie crust since it’s the foundation of our delicious dessert. You can prepare the dough up to two days in advance. Simply follow the recipe to make the dough, then shape it into a disk and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. Store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to roll it out for your pie. If you’re leaning towards even longer preparation, the dough can be frozen for up to a month. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before use.

Making the Taro Filling

The creamy taro filling is the heart of our pie, and it too can be prepared ahead of time. Cook the taro according to the recipe, then blend it with the creamy ingredients until smooth. This mixture can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. We recommend giving the filling a good stir before assembling the pie to recombine any ingredients that may have separated.

Assembling and Baking

When you’re ready to bake, simply roll out your crust, fill it with your pre-made taro mixture, and bake according to the recipe instructions. The beauty of our make-ahead instructions is that you can split the work over different days, making the baking process seem like a breeze.

Remember, the secret to a flaky crust and a perfectly set filling lie in keeping the components chilled until assembly. This method ensures that your taro pie will come out of the oven with a beautifully crisp crust and a lusciously smooth filling, ready to impress at any table it graces.

Preparing the Taro

Delving into the heart of our taro pie recipe, properly preparing the taro is crucial for achieving that creamy, delightful filling. We’ll guide you through each step to ensure your taro is ready to transform into the star component of our pie.

Cleaning and Cutting the Taro

The first step in preparing our taro is to clean and cut it. Taro can harbor dirt in its crevices, so it’s essential to wash it thoroughly under running water. Use a vegetable brush if available to scrub the outer skin, ensuring all dirt is removed.

Once clean, it’s time to peel the taro. The skin can be tough, so we recommend using a sharp knife or a sturdy vegetable peeler. Hold the taro firmly and peel away the outer layer to reveal the white flesh inside. After peeling, cut the taro into small, even cubes, about a half-inch in size. This size ensures uniform cooking, making the next steps smoother.

Boiling the Taro

Let’s move on to boiling the taro, which softens it and prepares it for mashing. To do this, place the taro cubes in a large pot and cover them with cold water. Ensure there’s at least an inch of water above the taro cubes to accommodate for evaporation.

Bring the pot to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook the taro until it’s tender when pierced with a fork, which typically takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Watch the pot to ensure it doesn’t boil over, adjusting the heat as needed.

Once the taro is tender, drain the water using a colander and give the taro a moment to release excess steam. This step is essential to avoid a watery filling.

Mashing and Flavoring

With the taro boiled and drained, it’s time to mash it into a smooth consistency. For best results, use a potato masher or a fork to mash the taro while it’s still warm to ensure a smooth texture. Aim for a consistency that’s similar to mashed potatoes, without large lumps.

Let’s flavor the taro. Add butter, a pinch of salt, and a bit of sugar to elevate the natural nuttiness and sweetness of the taro. The butter not only adds richness but also assists in creating a creamy texture ideal for our pie filling. Mix these ingredients thoroughly into the mashed taro until you achieve a uniform, velvety mixture that’s ready to be transformed into the filling of our taro pie.

Preparing the Pie Crust

After ensuring our taro filling is flavorful and set aside to cool, we turn our attention to crafting the perfect pie crust. Achieving a flaky, tender crust is essential for the ultimate taro pie experience.

Mixing the Dough

First, let’s gather our ingredients. We’ll need:

  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar (optional, for a slightly sweet crust)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of ice water

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and sugar. Add the cold, cubed butter to the bowl. Using a pastry cutter or our fingers, work the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs with some pea-sized pieces remaining—this is the secret to a flaky crust.

Slowly add ice water, starting with 1/4 cup, and mix just until the dough comes together. You may need to add more water, but do so a tablespoon at a time. The dough should be moist enough to hold together when pinched but not so wet that it’s sticky.

Shaping and Pre-Baking

Once our dough is ready, it’s time to shape it:

  1. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and shape it into a disk. Wrap it in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. This step helps the dough to rest and makes it easier to roll out.
  2. After chilling, roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface into a 12-inch round. Transfer it to a 9-inch pie dish. Gently press the dough into the edges of the dish and trim any excess overhang to about 1/2 inch beyond the dish’s edge. Tuck the overhanging dough underneath itself to create a thick edge that rests on the lip of the pie dish.
  3. To pre-bake (or “blind bake”) the crust, which is especially helpful for custard fillings like our taro, preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line the crust with parchment paper and fill it with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove the weights and parchment and bake for another 10-15 minutes until golden and set.

This pre-baked crust sets the stage for our creamy taro filling, ensuring that every bite of our taro pie has the perfect balance of textures and flavors. With our pie crust ready and waiting, we’re one step closer to pie perfection.

Assembling the Taro Pie

Now that we have our beautifully pre-baked crust and luscious taro filling ready, it’s time to bring everything together to create the perfect taro pie. This part of the process is where the magic really happens, transforming individual components into a sumptuous dessert that’s sure to impress.

Filling the Pie Crust

First, carefully spoon your creamy taro filling into the pre-baked pie crust. You’ll want to fill it evenly, ensuring the filling is smooth and level for a uniform appearance and bake. Use a spatula or the back of a spoon to guide the filling into place, filling the crust nearly to the top, but leaving a small margin to prevent overflow during baking. The vibrant, purple hue of the taro filling against the golden crust is not only a feast for the eyes but promises a delightful contrast in textures.

Sealing the Pie Top

Once your crust is generously filled, it’s time to seal the deal. If you’re going for a traditional look, you can roll out the remaining dough to create a single, solid top crust. Be sure to cut a few slits in the top to allow steam to escape during the final bake, preventing the crust from becoming soggy. For a more rustic appearance, opt for a lattice design by weaving strips of dough across the top. Pinch the edges to seal the top and bottom crust together, creating a tight seal that locks in all the filling.

Crimping the edges not only seals the pie but also adds an attractive finish. Use your fingers or a fork to crimp the edges, ensuring a good seal and adding a decorative touch. Brush the top with a light coat of egg wash or milk to achieve a golden, glossy finish upon baking.

With your taro pie assembled and ready for the oven, you’re just one step away from enjoying this incredible dessert. Remember to bake it until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbling slightly, indicating that it’s thoroughly cooked and ready to be devoured.

Baking the Taro Pie

After prepping your taro filling and laying it into the perfectly shaped crust, it’s time to bring everything together by baking our delicious creation to golden perfection.

Prepping the Oven

First things first, let’s get our oven ready. Preheating the oven is a crucial step to ensure our pie bakes evenly and achieves that desirable golden crust and bubbly filling. Turn your oven to 375°F (190°C). Allow it to warm while you give your pie a final once-over, ensuring the crust is beautifully crimped and the filling is evenly distributed. This temperature strikes the perfect balance, allowing the crust to crisp without burning, while the filling becomes creamy and delicious.

Baking Time and Temperature

Position your pie on the middle rack of the oven to promote even heating and circulation of air. If your oven has a notorious hot spot, rotate the pie halfway through baking to prevent uneven browning.

Bake the taro pie for about 45 to 50 minutes. Keep an eye out for the cues that tell us it’s done: the crust should turn a rich golden brown, and you might notice the filling bubbling slightly near the edges or through the vents if you opted for a lattice top.

Remember, oven temperatures can vary, so it’s always a good idea to start checking on your pie a few minutes before the suggested time. If the crust starts to brown too quickly, tent a piece of aluminum foil over the top to protect it while letting the pie continue to bake and the filling to set.

The aroma of baked taro and buttery crust will fill your kitchen, a sure sign that you’re about to enjoy a slice of comfort. Once baked to perfection, let the pie cool on a wire rack for at least a couple of hours to let the filling set thoroughly before slicing. This patience pays off when you get to taste the creamy, dreamy taro filling encased in a flaky, buttery crust.

Serving and Storage

After you’ve mastered the baking process, it’s time to focus on the best ways to serve and store your taro pie, ensuring every slice is as delightful as the first.

Cooling and Serving

Patience is key when it comes to cooling and serving your taro pie. We recommend allowing the pie to cool on a wire rack for at least 2 hours before slicing. This waiting period isn’t just a test of your willpower; it’s a crucial step that helps the filling set to the perfect consistency, making your dessert easier to cut and the flavors more cohesive. When ready to serve, slice the pie into even portions using a sharp knife, cleaning the blade between cuts for neat slices. Serve the taro pie at room temperature for the ideal flavor and texture. If you’re looking to add an extra touch, a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream complements the pie beautifully, making it an irresistible treat.

Storing Leftovers

Storing any leftovers properly is essential to keep your taro pie tasting fresh. If you have any pie remaining after serving, cover it loosely with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate. Properly stored, your taro pie will last for up to 3 days in the fridge. We do not recommend freezing the pie, as this can alter the texture of the taro filling and the crust, detracting from their perfect harmony. Whenever you’re ready to enjoy another piece, you can either eat it cold straight from the fridge or let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes to take the chill off. This ensures that the filling is not too firm, and the crust regains some of its original flakiness, making each bite as enjoyable as the first.


We’ve walked through the delightful process of making a taro pie from scratch ensuring each step is covered for a perfect bake. Remembering to let our pie cool will reward us with the ideal consistency for that first delicious slice. Whether we top it with whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream our taro pie is sure to impress. And though it’s tempting to keep leftovers for as long as possible it’s best enjoyed within a few days kept refrigerated to savor its best taste and texture. Happy baking!

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