Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Charoset

One of the traditional foods that is part of the Passover seder is called caroset. It's meant to represent the mortar that the Jewish slaves made for Pharoh. It is, in my humble opinion, one of the best parts of the seder! We made 3 types this year, but for the really traditional recipe I enlisted my special helper! 
Essentially, the mixture is a combination of apples, nuts, grape juice (or wine), and cinnamon. So first we peeled some apples...
Then the ever multi-tasking toddler ate some of the apples while chopping up the rest.
He tried his hardest to chop the walnuts, but they were stubborn suckers! Once my helper was occupied elsewhere (hehe) I poured in the grape juice and tons of cinnamon.
It's really about eye-balling it and playing with it until it comes together for you. Some people add sugar, but that grape juice is SO sweet to begin with! We made a nice big batch and were able to munch on it for a few days after the seder.

Traditional Charoset:
- 3 or 4 apples, peeled
- shelled walnuts (or pecans or almonds)
- grape juice
- cinnamon

Peel and chop your apples. You want them pretty finely chopped, but not yet mush. Then chop up the nuts. Mix it together in a bowl - you want a pretty good apple to nut ratio. Pour in grape juice and stir to get it to come together. Add cinnamon to taste - you really want it to be cinnamon-y.

It's best to make it a day or so ahead - the flavors really come together the more it sits!

10 thoughts on the matter:

Mary Gene Atwood said... {Reply}

Very interesting. I always learn so much from you!

tinajo said... {Reply}

That´s so sweet, he´s a little cutie!

Kim Cunningham said... {Reply}

That sounds good! I love the symbolism. Great ways to remember the history.

Cropped Stories said... {Reply}

This sounds so yummy! I really like anything that has apples in it! Great captures too! Love your little helper :o)

Sarah Carletti said... {Reply}

I've been to one seder meal and that was the highlight as far as food goes!

Melissa Bliss Rich said... {Reply}

What a sweet little helper!

Dara said... {Reply}

awesome - we totally bought ours!

Gina @ Kleinworth & Co. said... {Reply}

Looks like a very fun way to make something yummy in the kitchen. So glad you were able to experience our hit of spring before the rain came back.

Rachel said... {Reply}

I really love learning about your traditions. They always seem well-loved, and usually full of fun experiences. So sweet that Noam got to help!

Natasha In Oz said... {Reply}

This looks amazing! I have heard of charoset but didn't really know what it was. Thanks so much for the lesson!

Best wishes for a great week,
Natasha in Oz