Apple Cherry Tart

Categories: Heart Qi Vacuity, Shen Calming, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Apple Cherry Tart:

CHERRY FILLING:
1/4 cup of water
3/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of red currant jelly
3 cups of fresh or frozen cheries (12 oz. pkg.)
1 apple, preferably Yellow Delicious, pared, cored and chopped (1 cup)

TART SHELL:
1/2 cup of (1 stick) butter
1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
1/4 cups of sugar
2/3 cups of finely chopped or ground walnuts
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 egg yolks

MERINGUE:
4 egg whites
1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 cups of sugar

Prepare filling: combine water, sugar and jelly in saucepan. Heat to melt jelly and sugar. Bring to boiling; add cranberries and apple. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat until cherries pop and mixture thickens slightly, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool completely.

Prepare shell: cut butter into flour in bowl with pastry blender until crumbly. Mix in sugar, nuts and cinnamon. Add egg yolks; mix lightly with fork until mixture holds together and cleans side of bowl. Press dough over bottom and up sides of 9 inch tart pan with removable bottom. Prick bottom with fork. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

Bake shell in preheated oven (375 degrees) for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. Cool completely. Spoon cherry filling into cooled pastry shell. Prepare Meringue: Beat egg whites with cream of tartar in medium sized bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the 1/2 cup sugar until stiff, but not dry, peaks form. Spread half over the tart and pipe remaining meringue in lattice pattern.

Bake in preheated oven (400 degrees) for 3 to 6 minutes or until meringue is golden brown.

Cherry — warm, sweet — benefits the skin and body, strengthens the spleen, regenerates fluids, prolongs life
Apple — cool, sweet, slightly sour — strengthens heart, tonifies qi, resolves mucus
Currants — sour, cooling — promotes urination, strengthens the kidneys
Eggs — cool, sweet, nourishes yin, tonifies blood
Cinnamon – hot, pungent, sweet – strengthens stomach, warms coldness, stops pain
Flour — sweet, slightly cool — nourishes the heart and calms shen, supplements qi
Sugar — sweet, neutral — supplements qi, moistens dryness, harmonizes the middle jiao
Butter — warm, sweet – warming

CI: Damp conditions