Charoset, חרוסת in Hebrew, is a traditional food eaten by Jews on Passover. It is a part of the seder plate. Charoset represents the bricks that were made by the slaves in the Passover story.
On Passover, Jews all over the world celebrate what it means to be free. Jews think about what it means to them to be freed from slavery. Passover is one of the major Jewish holidays.
Traditionally, charoset is made with apples, cinnamon, walnuts, and wine. This recipe uses grape juice in place of wine. I hope you enjoy!
Step 1: Tools and Materials
To make charoset you need:
- 2 or 3 apples
- a small bag of walnuts
- about 8 oz of grape juice or red wine
- 2 or 3 tbsp of cinnamin
- a knife
- a cutting board
- a food processor
The grape juice and cinnamon are to taste. The grape juice will make the charoset more liquidy. The choice is yours.
Tip: Using different types of apples can make the charoset taste better! I like to use gala or another sweet apple and a tart apple to add a contrast in flavor.
Step 2: Chop Apples
I ended up only needing two apples to fill the container.
Step 3: Place in Food Processor
After you chop the apples put them in the food processor.
Step 4: Add Other Ingredients
It is easier to add the grape juice after the rest of the charoset is in the container.
Step 5: Pulse Until Combined
Step 6: Pour Charoset Into Container
Step 7: Add Grape Juice
Step 8: Mix It All Up
Step 9: Enjoy!
Eat your charoset with matzah or plain!
It always tastes better after it sits for a little while.
Step 10: For More Information...
For more information on Passover and the seder plate please see the following:
There are also a lot of children's books that teach about Passover as well as many different types of Haggadahs. Here are a few of them:
Let My People Go by Tilda Balsley Illustrated by Irene Richard
Penny and the Four Questions by Nancy E. Krulik Illustrated by Marian Young
The Mouse in the Matzah Factory by Francine Medoff Illustrated by Nicole in den Bosch
Passover Around the World byTani Lehman-Wilzig Illustrated by Elizabeth Wolf
The first two videos are from the Maccabeats and are songs/prayers that are sung on Passover. The last video explains the seder plate and what goes on it and is from the Union for Reform Judaism.