Inside: easy-peasy gluten-free Russian apple pie. This is a recipe that your kids will enjoy making, baking and eating.
Physics, geometry, and chemistry were not the only subjects taken seriously in Soviet times. In my public high school, we were also required to take a class named Trudovoe Obuchenie, or Trud, the name that I can only translate as Home Economics.
For two hours each week, the girls baked and sewed, while boys hammered and soldered. Sometimes I dreamed of switching places with the boys, especially on the days when we were sewing yet another boring apron for mother’s day, while boys were making wooden planters outside.
However, I was very content with being where I was when it was a cooking rotation. We got to eat everything we cooked and as actively growing kids we were always hungry. Those were the days when boys whispered and giggled outside the girls’ classroom inhaling the delicate aromas drifting from the four cooking ovens. Ok, I take back the “delicate aroma” because we were known to burn things on a regular basis.
In measured intervals boys worked up the courage to stick their heads in to inquire half-pleadingly, “you will be sharing with us, right?” They were always hungry too.
Russian Apple Pie or Sharlotka
What to do
I like to sprinkle about ½ teaspoon of arrowroot powder inside the springform.
6. In a medium bowl mix hazelnut flour, gluten-free flour and ½ tsp arrowroot powder. Add it to the egg-sugar mixture with a spoon just until combined.