Goji Berry & Apple Pie

Who loves apple pie? Here at Mayway, we do! The beloved apple has many benefits from a TCM perspective, aside from it being a nourishing and crunchy treat. Apples are cool, sweet Yin tonics that enter the Heart, Lung and Stomach meridians, and some sources say they enter the Liver meridian as well. Apples clear Heat and encourage the movement of Qi. When combined with the perfect spicy and warming trio of Rou Gui, Rou Dou Ko and Ding Xiang, which supports the digestive function, your middle Jiao will be exceedingly happy! Adding Gou Qi Zi to the recipe makes this even more special, entering the Liver, Lung and Kidney meridians and serving to tonify the Yin and Blood. We know that Gou Qi Zi has the special function of brightening the eyes, and we guarantee that your vision (and taste buds) will be delighted after the first delicious bite!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 prepared pie crusts
  • 4 cups peeled & sliced apples (Honey Crisp, Granny Smith or Fuji are good choices)
  • 1 cup dried Gou Qi Zi (Goji berries)
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground (Rou Gui) cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground (Rou Dou Ko) nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground (Ding Xiang) clove
  • 2 tablespoons butter (cold)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pre-heat over to 400 degrees.
  2. Soak dried goji berries in 2 cups of water for 20 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. Add peeled & sliced apples, goji berries, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove to large mixing bowl. Toss apples and berries to coat.
  4. Place bottom pie crust into a 9-inch pie dish.
  5. Spread apples and sugar-spice mix into an even layer onto the bottom pie crust.
  6. Cut butter into small pieces and evenly place on top of the pie filling.
  7. Place top pie crust on top of the pie, crimping the edges. Cut 3-5 slits in the top for venting.
  8. Bake the pie until browned and fruit is bubbling (45-60 minutes).
  9. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Enjoy!

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