Charoset, haroset or charoses (pronounced – ḥărōset) is a recipe made up of apples, walnuts, cinnamon and wine that is served during Passover.
I was introduced to charoset, haroset or charoses during my marriage at a Passover dinner and it was one of favorite recipes that my mother in law would make, I loved it so much I would even ask for any left overs (which is so not like me). I once asked my mother in law for her recipe for charoset, haroset or charoses, she gave her recipe but I lost it :(. This recipe came from the cookbook Jewish which is one of my most favorite go-to cookbooks when it comes to Jewish recipes.
I remember my mother in law saying to make the charoset, haroset or charoses it’s not really a recipe you just put together the ingredients and adjust the flavors. Because I was not familiar with how the recipe would come together, that always scared me…until I made the charoset, haroset or charoses for my blog and I totally got why.
To make it simple, let me explain:
- While the recipe calls for 3 apples, all apples are different in size so if I say 3 apples but my apples are larger than you all the rest of the recipe may be off (it’s why we learned in school to weigh everything)
- The recipe calls for 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon, when you make your recipe your apples may be a little more tart needing a little more cinnamon, just add it if needed
- The recipe calls for 1 cup of walnuts, basically you want enough walnuts that for every bite, you get a bite of apple and walnut in it
- The sweet wine, again I would start off slow in adding the wine, after 3 tablespoons, taste the charoset, haroset or charoses and see if you need more and slowly add the wine to your likings
Start with 3 apples
Do not peel them but dice them into small pieces
Place in a bowl
Chop your nuts, I started with halves and chopped the nuts similar to the apples
And honey, if needed
Toss and serve
YUM! I loved this recipe…while this was not my mother in laws, I feel like it was very similar to her recipe (although it’s been many years since I have tried it). The best part of this recipe is easting it on the matzah!!!
For Passover you must by kosher for passover matzah, I put the horseradish with beets on top, remember the horseradish adds heat
Add some of the prepared charoset, haroset or charoses on top
If you are looking for a great dessert recipe for passover that is a little Italian based but amazing, check out this recipe!
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