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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
  1. Combine the apples and walnuts.
  2. 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
  1. Mix the dates with the walnuts and almonds.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients.
  3. 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
  1. Soak the raisins in water overnight.
  2. Boil the raisins, wash them and boil once more.
  3. The raisins should turn into a thick dough.
  4. Add the dates and mix well.


Type: Recipe

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