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Delicious Datil Jerk Dutch Apple Pie

Apple pie with a buttery crumb topping, and spiced up with 2-time Scovie Award Winning Old St Augustine Datil Jerk Jamaican Seasoning Blend.  Wow!  What a wonderful combination.

The Jamaican allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg in Datil Jerk gives this pie a unique flavor, not to mention the datil pepper which gives it a spicy kick.  You know me, I am all about St. Augustine’s own little sweet-heat datil pepper. Yes, there are a few things I won’t put it on or in, but not many.  This pie is definitely a testament to the versatility of the datil pepper and Datil Jerk in particular.

I know you’re thinking that the onion and garlic in Datil Jerk don’t quite jive with a sweet pie, but the sweet and savory thing going on is really terrific.  Trust me.  It was absolutely delicious served warm from the oven with vanilla bean ice cream.  As a Bean, (Angela Bean,) I just adore vanilla bean ice cream!

Speaking of Datil Jerk, it just won another Scovie Award!  Two years in a row now, it has placed at the top of the prestigious Scovie Awards in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The award-winning recipe  for Datil Jerk Blackned Shrimp can be found in my previous post:  Take Me To Jamaica  These spicy and sweet shrimp are also featured in Cinco de Mayo Datil Jerk Blackened Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa. 

The Scovie Awards are the brainchild of Dave DeWitt, and evolved from the National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show.  Dave, who bills himself as a food historian, novelist and “Pope of Peppers,” has authored numerous books about peppers from around the world, and his cookbooks are full of wonderful spicy recipes.

Fun Facts:  

  • Apples are a member of the rose family of plants, along with pears, peaches, plums and cherries.
  • 25 percent of an apple’s volume is air; that’s why they float.  You can bob for apples but you can’t bob for peaches.
  • Apple trees can live for more than 100 years.
  • Apple trees can be grown farther north than other fruit trees because they bloom late in spring, minimizing the chance of frost damage.
  • Only one type of apple is native to the United States: The crabapple.
  • Apple trees take four to five years to bear their first fruit.

Apple Nutrition Information:

  • There are approximately 80 calories in a medium-sized apple.
  • Apples have no cholesterol, sodium, or fat.
  • Apples are an excellent source of fiber; one medium apple contains approximately 4.5 grams of fiber, including the soluble fiber pectin.  It takes nearly two servings of Metamucil to get the same amount of fiber.
  • The fiber in apples slows the release of carbohydrates into the bloodstream, providing the energy you need over time without blood sugar spikes.
  • Apples are high in polyphenols, which function as antioxidants.
  • Antioxidants and phytochemicals in apples have been shown to help prevent a number of chronic diseases, including: Alzheimer’s, lung cancer, heart disease, breast cancer, diabetes and more.
  • The phytochemicals in apples provide as much antioxidant health-protected capacity as a megadose of vitamin C.
  • Quercetin in the skin of an apple protects your brain cells.
  • Apples contain boron, a mineral that helps protect bones.
  • Apples contain only the natural fruit sugar, fructose. No added sugars!
  • The pectin in apples is a prebiotic, providing food for friendly gut bacteria.

Apple pie isn’t exactly a healthy alternative for dessert, but it sure tastes good, and this Datil Jerk version is quite unique.  You can always add in a little plain cinnamon and or nutmeg if you aren’t up for the spicy version, but my family thought it was amazing.
Delicious Datil Jerk Dutch Apple Pie

Delicious Datil Jerk Dutch Apple Pie

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold, unsalted butter, diced into small pieces
1/4 cup ice water

**Or use a ready-made refrigerated pie crust

Filling:

8 cups thinly sliced, cored and peeled apples – I used Granny Smith
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Sliced apples mounded into pie crust, ready for topping.

Topping:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Jamaican Jerk Dutch Apple Pie with buttery crumb topping, ready to bake.

Instructions:

1. In the large bowl of a food processor, mix 1 cup flour and the salt.  Add in the butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Add in water a tablespoon at a time and pulse until dough forms a ball and leaves the sides of the bowl.  Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight.

(Alternatively, using a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt.  Cut in the butter, using a pastry blender or 2 table knives pulled in opposite directions through the ingredients.   Once the dough resembles coarse crumbs, stir in the water 1 tablespoon at a time.  Once dough is incorporated and leaves the sides of the bowl, gather it into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap.  Chill 4 hours or overnight.)

**( Or you can just use a refrigerated pie crust like Pillsbury – definitely easier, and a real time saver.)

2. Preheat oven to 400°F.

3.  Remove pastry from the refrigerator and allow to soften slightly.  Lightly flour surface of counter or cutting board, and using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a circle 2 inches larger than your pie plate.   Fold dough into fourths and ease into pie plate, pressing into bottom and sides of dish.  Fold under edges and flute or crimp as desired.  (If using a refrigerated pie crust, follow package instructions for softening and placing in pie plate.)

4. In a large bowl, toss the sliced apples with sugar, flour, Old St Augustine Datil Jerk Jamaican Seasoning Blend and lemon juice . Pour into pie plate, mounding apples toward the center of the crust.

4. In a medium bowl, use a pastry blender or your fingers to mix the butter, flour, brown sugar and Old St Augustine Datil Jerk Jamaican Seasoning Blend, until crumbly. Sprinkle evenly on top of apples. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon granulated sugar.

5. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until the pie crust and crumb topping are a deep golden brown and the filling begins to bubble. Transfer to a cooling rack.

6.  Serve warm or at room temperature with ice cream or whipped cream on top.

Stay Spicy!

Angela

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