Charoset, haroset, or charoses (חרֽוֹסֶת [hărōset]) is a
sweet, dark-colored, lumpy paste made of fruits and nuts served primarily during the
Its color and texture are meant to recall the mortar with which the Israelites bonded bricks when
they were enslaved in
Ancient Egypt. The
word "charoset" comes from the Hebrew word cheres — חרס — "clay."
In our household I make the Charoset. Galit's family are Sephardi so my recipe follows that tradition.
The quantities for a large family (like the Haviv's). For our small family and guests I only make 1/3 of this amount.
250 grams dates, chopped
150 grams walnuts, ground
1 large cooking apple (Granny Smith), peeled and grated
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
[Optional] Pinch of cloves
1/2 - 1 cup Sweet kosher wine (or apple juice)
- Add enough wine to moisten, but no more