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:
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.
- 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.
- 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.