Habanero Deluxe Apple Pie

This Caribbean pepper is famous for being the hottest chile pepper in the world. They come in a variety of shapes and colors (yellow, orange, green, red, chocolate). Not only are they extremely hot, but they also have a unique, distinctively fruity flavor. It is the key ingredient in the popular Jamaican Jerk sauce. The habanero is also widely used in many different types of hot sauces. The popularity of this chile pepper continues to grow and is becoming easier to find on the grocery shelf.

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4-5 cups chopped apples (~4 medium)
1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp tapioca
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ground habanero (1/2+ tsp for the spicy version)
4 canned pear halves, drained, crushed
1 tbsp butter
1 deep dish, frozen pie crust


Mix first six ingredients together and set aside. Line bottom of pie crust with crushed pears and sprinkle with rum. Heap in the apple and spice mixture. Dot with butter. Cover with top crust and cut vents. Bake at 400F for 45 minutes.

Adapted from a recipe from Pepper Fool