Charoset 2010

April 7, 2010 at 6:01 am (breakfast, Jewish, Sauce/dressing, unrated)

For Passover this year we made two different versions of haroset, the fruit and nut mixture that’s supposed to represent mortar.  One was a pretty traditional Ashkenazi charoset with apples and walnuts, and the other was a slightly more modern Ashenazi take with apples and dried cranberries and pistachios.  The recipe was from a friend of my mom’s.  I enjoyed both versions.

Traditional charoset

  • 3 medium pink lady apples
  • ~0.833 walnut pieces (my recipe says 1/2 cup chopped)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • sprinkle nutmeg
  • zest from 1 juicing orange
  • 1-2 Tbs. honey
  • 4 Tbs. sweet red wine
  • 1/2-1 tsp. ginger or a sprinkle of fresh nutmeg (optional)

It’s important to chop the nuts and apples very finely so that the mixture really resembles mortar.  I thought the orange zest really added a lot of flavor.  I used nutmeg not ginger but I’d like to try ginger next time

Modern charoset

  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup. shelled pistachios
  • 2 medium pink lady apples
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sweet red wine

I liked this modern charoset but I think it would be better with some orange zest as well, since cranberries and orange go so well together.  Also it was very sweet.  I think next time I’d use fewer cranberries and/or more pistachios and apples.

When I made this recipe in 2013 I cut back on the cranberries a bit (maybe 14 Tbs. instead of 16, but I still found the charoset a bit too sweet.  Next time I’d start with 2/3 cup of whole dried cranberries.

We were able to chop the apples into large wedges and then use the food processor to chop them up.  They didn’t have quite as uniform a texture as they would if we chopped them by hand, but it was way, way easier to get to a mortar-like consistency.  The cranberries and nuts were also really easy to chop in the food processor.

The other dishes on our (almost vegan, but bean-friendly) seder menu:

  • fresh pineapple and oranges to snack on
  • matzoh ball soup with carrots, leek, and parsely
  • orange-ginger sweet potatoes (made with olive oil not butter)
  • stuffed cabbage, stuffed with onions, tomatoes, cabbage, and rice
  • baked tofu (made with matzoh meal and almond meal, not flour, and wheat-free tamari rather than shoyu)
  • macaroons and soy ice cream for dessert (chocolate and mint)


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