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Ashkenazi Haroset

A recipe for the sweet fruit paste on the Passover seder plate.

On the Passover seder plate, haroset symbolizes the mortar used by slaves in Egypt. These are the classic Eastern European ingredients. Only the proportions vary.

Reprinted with permission from The Book of Jewish Food, published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. 


2 medium-sized tart apples

1/2 cup (50 g) walnuts, chopped

1/2 - 1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 - 3 tablespoons sweet red wine

1 tablespoon sugar or honey, or to taste


Peel, core, and finely chop or grate the apples. Mix with the rest of the ingredients.

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