Harmonizing Apple Cake

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Shen Calming, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Harmonizing Apple Cake
by Emily Hildebrant

¾ cups maple syrup
½ cups brown sugar
4 coarsely chopped granny smith apples
1 cup butter, melted
18 grams Mei Gui Hua
18 grams Fo Shou
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 ½ cups rice flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1tsp cinnamon
½ cup Da Zao, soaked overnight, chopped and pitted
½ cup walnuts
¹â„₃ cup maple syrup
¹â„₃ cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)

Preheat oven to 325°
Melt butter in a saucepan and add Mei Gui Hua and Fo Shou; keep over very low heat for 20 minutes. Strain out the herbs and set aside the butter. In another bowl, mix ¾ cups maple syrup, brown sugar, and apples together. Add the herbed butter and eggs, sift in dry ingredients and stir well. Add walnuts and Da Zao.
Bake in greased and floured 9X12 pan for 45-60 minutes.
Mix together 1/3 cups each of maple syrup and lemon juice; spoon over the cake when warm out of the oven.

Makes 18 pieces of cake
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TCM Analysis:

Overall Recipe: Sweet, Sour, Warm. Calms Liver, Supplements Spleen and Stomach,
Harmonizes Liver, Spleen & Stomach, Calms Shen, Mildly Nourishes blood.

Individual Ingredients:
Maple Syrup: Sweet, warm. Calms Liver & shen, Benefits Lungs (Aboriginal women used maple syrup as a cure for bronchial ailments http://www.theworldwidegourmet.com).
Brown Sugar: Sweet, Warm. Supplements middle jiao, Moves Liver qi, Invigorates blood,
Expels cold.
Apple: Sour, Sweet, Cool. Supplements Lung, Spleen & Stomach, Clears heat and promotes
body fluids.
Butter: Sweet, Neutral. Supplements deficiency, Benefits Lungs & Stomach.
Egg: Sweet, Neutral. Nourishes yin & blood, Supplements Spleen & Stomach, Calms shen.
Rice: Sweet, Neutral. Strengthens Spleen & Stomach, Supplements qi.
Wheat: Sweet, Slightly Cool. Supplements qi, Nourishes Heart & shen, Reduces thirst.
Walnut: Sweet, Warm. Tonifies Kidneys & Lung, Nourishes jing & marrow, Lubricates LI,
Dissolves stones.
Cinnamon: Pungent, Sweet, Warm. Invigorates yang, Warms Ming Men fire, Promotes
blood circulation, Dispels cold.
Lemon: Sour, Astringent, Warm. Transforms phlegm, Engenders fluids, Supplements
Spleen, Harmonizes Stomach.
Mei Gui Hua: Sweet, Slightly Bitter, Warm. Gently Regulates qi and blood, Harmonizes
Liver, Spleen & Stomach, Regulates menstruation.
Fo Shou: Acrid, Bitter, Warm. Spreads & Regulates Liver qi, Harmonizes Stomach,
Strengthens Spleen, Transforms phlegm.
Da Zao: Sweet, Warm. Tonifies Spleen, Augments qi, Nourishes blood & Calms shen.

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Persimmon: Sweet, Astringent, Cold. Moistens Lung, Engenders fluids, Fortifies Spleen.