Traditional Seder accompaniment
This paste-like, sweet spread is a prescribed part of the traditional Seder.
Its mortar-like consistency is intended to remind Jews of the bricks and
mortar our ancestors labored with as slaves in Egypt. Quite incidentally, it
is delicious and tastes wonderful spread on matzah. This is the traditional
charoset from the Ashkenazic (Eastern European) Jewish tradition; very
different, but equally delicious, charoset recipes, using such ingredients
as dates, raisins, and sesame, can be found in the various Sephardic
communities (e.g., Yemenite, Persian, Turkish, Moroccan, etc.).
- 1 1/2 cups finely chopped nuts
(e.g., almonds, walnuts, filberts)
- 2 Tbsp sugar or honey
(or a mixture)
- 1-2 cups chopped or grated apples
(about 4-6 medium apples)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- sweet wine
Mix nuts, sugar, honey, apples and cinnamon together until
Add wine slowly until the texture resembles a thick paste, like mortar.
Taste and adjust cinnamon, sugar, wine amounts.
This recipe yields about enough for the Seder table.
If you like this as much as we do, you will want to make more.
Some people prefer a chunkier, less smoothly-blended charoset.
If you live in an area where Kosher for Passover ground nuts
(not groundnuts) are available, they save a lot of
chopping time and lead to a smoother consistency.
If you're lucky enough to have a Kosher for Passover food
processor, you will also save a lot of arm exercise.
And remember, kids love to chop!
20 minutes to several hours, depending on how much
hand-chopping you have to do.
no need to measure.
UCLA Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Los Angeles, California USA
Recipe last modified: 16 Mar 87
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Tovah Hollander)
Subject: RECIPE: Charoset
Date: 9 Apr 87 06:29:32 GMT
Organization: UCLA Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Los Angeles, Calif., USA
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