passover charoset egyptian seder plate

Haroset from Egypt

Dates, raisins and nuts symbolize the mortar of our Egyptian toil, re-envisioned by a later era of Egyptian Jews.

On the Passover seder plate, haroset symbolizes the mortar used by slaves in Egypt.

Reprinted with permission from The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York, published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. 

Ingredients

1/2 cup (60 g) walnuts coarsely chopped

1/2 cup (125 ml) sweet red Passover wine

1/2 lb (250 g) pitted dates, chopped

1/2 lb (250 g) large yellow raisins or sultanas

Directions

Put the dates and raisins/sultanas with the wine in a pan. Add just a little water to cover. Cook on very low heat, stirring occasionally, until the dates fall apart into a mush. Cook until it thickens to a soft paste. Pour into a bowl and sprinkle with walnuts.

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