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Ashkenazi charoset

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  • Preparation and cooking time
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  • Easy
  • Serves 6

Try this simple recipe for ashkenazi charoset, a symbolic food eaten during Jewish Passover celebrations. Chop by hand or use a food processor for a smooth texture

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: per serving
NutrientUnit
kcal246
fat18g
saturates2g
carbs14g
sugars13g
fibre2g
protein5g
salt0.01g

Charoset is a symbolic food used in the Jewish Passover celebrations. It's said to represent the mortar used by the slaves to build the pyramids of Egypt.

There are endless recipes (and spellings) for it, differing with the country city or even village of origin. This recipe is traditional for Eastern European Jews, who tend to use apples, walnuts and cinnamon in theirs.

You can chop it by hand or in a food processor for a smoother paste. It should stick together like mortar so add more honey if you need. I’ve used less traditional silan (date syrup) in my recipe but you can use honey if preferred, and I’ve also added some orange zest to lift the flavours.

Ingredients

  • 160g walnut halves
  • 3 apples, such as Pink Lady or Royal Gala
  • 1½ ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp honey or silan
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • 50ml - 60ml sweet red wine, or grape juice

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Toast the walnuts until dark and fragrant, about 7-10 mins, taking care not to burn them. Allow to cool, then chop finely.

  • STEP 2

    Peel, core and finely chop the apples. Mix with the cinnamon, lemon juice, silan (date syrup), orange zest, sweet wine or grape juice and salt. Add the cooled nuts and stir again to combine. Transfer it to a closed container and keep chilled.

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