Also called Haroset or Charoset, Charoses are an integral part of every Passover Seder. It plays a very important part in the dinner itself, but is also looked forward to every year because of the wonderful flavor that it has. While most Americans celebrating Passover rely on a traditional Eastern European recipe mixing apples, almonds, spices, and red wine, Charoses in other countries use a wide variety of other ingredients native to their area, including bananas, apricots, coconut, oranges, dates, exotic nuts, and a wide variety of spices. If your family enjoys other fruits, nuts, and spices, start a new tradition and add them to your Charoses.
8 peeled and chopped apples
1 cup raisins
3/4 cup chopped toasted almonds
Freshly grated zest of one large orange
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons red wine
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch ground ginger
Mix together all of the ingredients. For a coarse chunky mixture, simply refrigerate until ready to serve. For a smoother more "mortar-like" mixture, blend very well by hand, or else pulse in a food processor or blender. Chill until ready to serve or serve at room temperature.
Makes 4 cups Charoses.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes