Today, it's all about the Charoset (or Charoses - depending on how you grew up pronouncing it). This sweet combination of apples, nuts and wine is an important part of the Seder plate and the story that we retell each year. It symbolizes the mortar used by the Hebrew slaves in Egypt to make bricks.
My Mom-in-Law always makes an extra container of Charoset for us because we enjoy it so much. We use it as a topper to our matzah as we nibble throughout the week. The combination of the sweet wine with the apples and nuts really hits all the right flavor notes... a bit crunchy with a hit of sweetness. No wonder we enjoy it so much.
It does require a lot of chopping since it has 3 apples and a cup of chopped nuts... the apples you'll want to do by hand, but you could probably get away with using the food processor to chop the nuts if you want.
The recipe is a basic guideline but, you may need to adjust a bit to suit your taste once you have it assembled. If you don't celebrate Passover, you could also enjoy it on crackers.
- 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon (approximately)
- 2/3 cup sweetened grape wine (we use Kedem)
- Combine apple, nuts and cinnamon in a container. Add the wine and mix well. If the mixture seems dry, add a bit more wine.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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