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Rustic Apple Pie with Apricots and Figs

Rustic Apple Pie with Apricots and Figs

I love eating my daily health-promoting apple in a slice of warm, homey, not-too-sweet pie. But when you add plumped-up dried apricots and figs to the mix, along with an extra dose of anti-inflammatory spices, the healing properties of the humble apple increase dramatically. This is one of my favorite recipes, partly because it’s so simple to make. It’s called a “rustic” pie because you fold the crust up around the filling to make a freeform tart, just like my peasant ancestors used to do. When you taste it, you’ll see why I think of it as total apple pie nirvana.


8 dried apricots, chopped
8 dried figs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger (optional)

2 tablespoons butter (or oil, if you want to make a vegan version)
4 tart, crisp apples, cored and coarsely chopped
Your preferred sweetener, to taste (see dictionary of natural sweeteners; Annie recommends Sucanat

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Dough for 2 pie crusts

1. First, make the spiced apricots and figs: boil one cup of water in a small saucepan and add the apricots, figs, and spices. Simmer gently for 15 minutes, then remove fruit with a slotted spoon. If you’re really hungry, you can forget all about the pie and just eat this, with a little lemon juice sprinkled on top. It’s divine.

2. Preheat oven to 375F. Melt the butter in a large heavy-bottomed skillet and add the apples, stirring to coat. Sprinkle with sweetener and cinnamon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are beginning to soften, about 5 to 10 minutes. Add stewed apricots and figs, stirring gently to combine.

3. Roll out pie crust dough into a large circle and place on a baking sheet. Spoon filling into the center of the crust, then spread it out, leaving a 6-inch border of crust all around. Gently fold up the crust toward the middle, overlapping as you go, leaving some of the filling showing in the middle.

4. Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes, until crust is golden and filling is bubbly. Allow to cool slightly before serving. May be served warm, room temperature, or cold.

Serves 8 to 10.

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By Cait Johnson, Managing Producer, Care2 Green Living

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Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.


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3:46AM PST on Feb 25, 2013

Yes, I agree Elly Y, maple syrup is a wonderful natural sweetener.

9:37PM PST on Nov 13, 2011

loved it

7:19AM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

Thank you

8:12AM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

What a fabulous recipe, thank you..

9:16AM PST on Nov 24, 2010

Sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

9:28AM PDT on Oct 24, 2007

Instead of crust, I topped with a mixture of 1,5 dl rolled oats, 1, 5 dl wheat flour, 100 grams of melted butter, a pinch of salt, 2 tbs brown sugar and baked as above. It works too.

This filling can be used in most things that require a sweet filling.

I also miss the printer friendly version.

6:21AM PDT on Oct 12, 2007

Printer Friendly Option: Highlight and copy the part you want to print. Go to Start/Programs/Accessories/WordPad and open a blank document (or open another word processor). Paste your selection, clean it up and print. I am also concerned with paper usage so I hope this helps.

1:55AM PDT on Oct 12, 2007

Yes, indeed, I also miss a former printer friendly option!!

6:19PM PDT on Oct 11, 2007

why does your site not have aprinter friendly version of recipes and tips. The copy paper I go through really bothers me, when I a trying to conserve.

2:13PM PDT on Oct 11, 2007

You can use maple syrup as a natural sweetener as it adds a lovely flavour.

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