Apple Jamaican Patties

Welcome to a taste of Jamaica! Sweet Ontario apples compliment the spicy cayenne and jerk seasoning in these delicious Jamaican patties that can be served as an app, a side or a main.

Serves 6

Chef Tip: Cooking time: 40 Prep time: 20

Variety Tip: *This recipe is best prepared using 1-2 McIntosh, Fuji, Ambrosia or Gala apples


2 cups all-purpose flour (500 mL)
1/4 tsp salt (1 mL)
1 tbsp yellow curry powder (15 mL)
1 tsp turmeric (5 mL)
1/2 cup cold salted butter, cubed (125 mL)
6 tbsp ice cold water (90 mL)
2 tsp distilled white vinegar (10 mL)
1 large egg, lightly whisked
2 tsp oil (10 mL)
1/2 lb lean ground beef (250 g)
1 cup diced Ontario apples* (250 mL)
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp jerk seasoning (30 mL)
1 tsp each curry powder, cumin, garlic powder (5 mL)
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (1 mL)
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper (2 mL)
1 large egg
1/4 cup water (60 mL)


Dough: In the bowl of a food processor add flour, salt, curry powder, turmeric and butter. Pulse until mixture resembles a course crumble. In a small bowl whisk together water, vinegar, and egg. Add wet ingredients to flour mixture and pulse until a ball of dough forms. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Filling: Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, breaking meat up as you cook it for 8 minutes.  Stir in apples, onions, jerk seasoning, curry powder, garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes.

On a lightly floured working surface roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Use cookie cutter to cut out 12 4-inch x 2.5-inch rectangles. Rework the dough as needed. In a small bowl whisk together egg and water. Lay out six of the rectangles on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place 1/4 cup of the filling in the centre of each rectangle. Brush edges with egg wash. Place a second rectangle on top of each patty to enclose the filling. Press edge with a fork to seal. Brush the outsides with egg wash and cut small steam holes. Bake at 375°F (190°C) for 30 minutes or until dough is golden brown.