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Multicultural Haroset Recipes

Haroset symbolizes the mortar that the slaves made in Egypt, but it’s also sweet. So in Israel we say: “Me’oz yatza matok.” Out of the strong came forth sweetness. (Shoftim/Judges 14:14). There are many ways to make haroset. Here are three recipes from different cultures:

Ashkenazic Haroset

Makes 3 cups

  • 6 apples, peeled and grated or chopped
  • ½ cup crushed walnuts
  • sweet red wine, sugar and cinnamon to taste
  • Combine the apples and walnuts.
  • Add the wine, sugar and cinnamon to taste.

Moroccan Haroset

  • ½ lb. ground dates
  • 1 cup of ground walnuts
  • 1 cup of ground almonds
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of cardamom
  • Black pepper
  • Wine to taste
  • Mix the dates with the walnuts and almonds.
  • Add the remaining ingredients.
  • Serve as is, or form the haroset into little balls and serve in little paper baskets.

Egyptian Haroset

  • ½ lb. black raisins
  • ¼ lb. ground dates
  • Soak the raisins in water overnight.
  • Boil the raisins, wash them and boil once more.
  • The raisins should turn into a thick dough.
  • Add the dates and mix well.

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