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Sweet and Nutty Charoset

Our sweet, crunchy mixture of fruit, nuts, wine, and spices make our sweet and nutty charoset a taste you’ll recall from childhood. It’s so good, you’ll eat it by the spoonful.

The Backstory: Hosting a Passover Seder can be overwhelming, but  our recipe for sweet and nutty charoset will make your preparation that much easier. This recipe can be made ahead and stored in the fridge up to a day ahead. In fact, it’s even better the next day and my children love this so much, they think it tastes like apple pie or tart filling. I’m pretty sure that’s a compliment. By the second day of Passover, we pretty much start eating this with a spoon right out of the serving bowl. There, I said it. More of the Backstory after the recipe

Sweet and Nutty Charoset as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

Sweet and Nutty Charoset

Course: Sides
Cuisine: Jewish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
This Seder plate staple gets its flavor and crunch from apples, walnuts, and the delicious tastes of fall's favorite spice--cinnamon. Double the recipe if you're serving a crowd as it makes a delicious nosh on matzoh or all by itself.
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Ingredients

  • 2 large apples, diced into small-medium pieces (I prefer Fuji or Honey Crisp, but any variety will do!)
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped
  • 3 tbsp. Kosher sweet wine or Kosher grape juice
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 12 dates, cut in small pieces
  • fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. In a small dry skillet, toast walnuts for about 5 minutes, just until warm. Remove from pan and chop into small pieces.
  2. Add the chopped apple to a large bowl and squeeze a little fresh lemon juice (about half a lemon) over the apples. Stir to make sure all of the apples are coated. Add the rest of the ingredients including the chopped walnuts and stir to make sure everything is well combined.
  3. Taste to see if you prefer a little more cinnamon or sugar; if so, adjust accordingly. Refrigerate until ready to serve. You can also serve at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

  • Make this the day before, or morning of the Seder.
  • Grate apples and use a food processor for a smoother texture.
  • Feel free to mix up your charoset, by adding dried fruit or choosing different nuts
  • If you have extra small bowls, you can place an individual charoset serving at each guest’s place setting.

…The Backstory continues: Each Pesach, we embark on a journey through Egypt with stories, songs and food. Charoset is the part of the Seder plate that represents the mortar used by the slaves in Egypt when building under the Pharaoh’s rule. We enjoy this sweet fruit and nut mixture, along with the intense flavor of the horseradish, in a sandwich of matzah, which symbolizes the end of the Passover ceremony and the start of the much-anticipated feast.

Some people prefer a smoother consistency for their charoset – this one is rather chunky, with delicious bites of dates, walnuts, and apples. YUM.

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Sweet and Nutty Charoset as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website
Sweet and Nutty Charoset as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website
Sweet and Nutty Charoset as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website
Sweet and Nutty Charoset as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website
Sweet and Nutty Charoset as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website
Sweet and Nutty Charoset as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website
Sweet and Nutty Charoset as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

Jodi Luber

Here goes: Born in Brooklyn. Daughter of a bagel baker with a Henny Youngman soul and a mom who makes Joan Rivers seem tame. Late bloomer. Married the love of my life at 45 and love being a mom to our three kids. I'm a professor at Boston U. Happiest in the kitchen baking and remembering how my dad would melt from a single bite of my cheesecake.
Sweet and Nutty Charoset as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website
Sweet and Nutty Charoset as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

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