Ashkenazi Haroset

A recipe for the fruit-and-nut mortar of the 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.

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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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