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Haroset from Morocco

Dates and walnuts create a delicious Passover paste.

On the Passover seder plate, haroset symbolizes the mortar used by slaves in Egypt. This is a Moroccan variation on the recipe.

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


1 cup (125 g) walnuts, coarsely chopped

ground cloves ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 lb (500 g) dates, pitted and chopped

1-1/2 cups sweet red Passover wine


Put the dates into a pan with the wine, cinnamon, and cloves and simmer, stirring occasionally, until you have a soft paste. Put through the food processor if you want a smoother texture. Let it cool and stir in the walnuts.

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