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.
From The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York, published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Reprinted with permission.
1 tablespoon sugar or honey, or to taste
2 - 3 Tablespoons sweet red wine
2 medium-sized tart apples
1/2 cup (50 g) walnuts (or almonds), chopped
1/2 - 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Peel, core, and finely chop or grate the apples. Mix with the rest of the ingredients.
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Pronounced: AHSH-ken-AH-zee, Origin: Hebrew, Jews of Central and Eastern European origin.