THE RUSSIAN FOOD NETWORK

Project form

Please fill out the form below, print it, and turn it in, in hard copy, on the due date you selected on the signed up sheet.  The Russian Food Network Event as a follow up to your Russian cooking experience will take place on December 2 during class time, in the Whitman Commons.  Please duplicate your recipe and bring it in for the event.

Recipe: Russian Apple Pie

  • Pastry for a 2-crust pie
  • 8 large apples, peeled and sliced
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dry red wine
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange rind
  • 4 tablespoons chopped almonds
  • 2 tablespoons cheery jam or current jelly

 

A synopsis of your research on the recipe and the area where the recipe originated: 

From my research thus far, the recipe is amazing.  It turned out perfect and I could understand why so many Russian people flock to their rendition of the apple pie.  I have thoroughly enjoyed making this pie and I think that everyone will come to like it.  The recipe originated in many places across Europe, but different countries have taken their own twist to the Apple Pie recipe.  Russian apple pie was created as a traditional autumn bakery.  The key secret of a cooking success is a special apple sort, called Antonovka.  They are sour and give a special taste to the sweet dough.  Russian apple pie was also created because it was a cheap form of food that gave families a form of enjoyment after eating such a great dish.  This is why it has become extremely popular across many European countries.

Your description of the experience of preparing and the tasting the recipe (any ingredients you needed to substitute, any changes you made to the recipe… does it remind you of something you tasted before?  What would you serve to accompany it? Etc.  

My experience making this pie was pretty amazing.  Hands down it was one of the most delicious pies that I have ever eaten.  None of the ingredients were really hard to find by any means.  I also didn’t make any changes; I wanted to keep it as original as I possibly could.  It reminds me of some home made pies that my mother used to make when I was younger, so it definitely has some good memories attached.  If I had to, I would serve this pie with some form of green tea or another type of tea that was commonly drank back in Russia. 

Like a wine recommendation to accompany a dish, make a recommendation of a reading from Russian literature that would accompany the making or the tasting of the dish you prepared.  Perhaps the reading would suit the mood of the dish, its spiciness or its sweetness… perhaps there was a mention of one of the ingredients or the dish itself in the reading… etc.  You may select from the stories read or presented in class, or some other Russian work with which you are familiar.  

If I had to pick one reading to enjoy this pie with, it would definitely have to be The Diary of a Madman.  It was such a compelling tale from Gogol that this pie would create the dynamic duo I think.  The reading was very intriguing to say the least in that it made me wonder what Aksenty was going to do next in the story, let alone where he would end up.  I think both would be a great match for a riveting story from Gogol along with a delicious apple pie.