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Chocolate Charoset Truffles

Treat seder guests to decadent chocolate-coated charoset truffles.

1⁄4 cup pistachios
1⁄4 cup pecans
1⁄8 cup almonds
1⁄8 cup pine nuts
1⁄2 tart apple
1⁄4 navel orange, with rind
A few drops of sweet white wine
A few drops of honey
Pinch of fresh or ground ginger (or to taste)
Pinch of ground cinnamon (or to taste)
3 pounds dark or bittersweet good quality chocolate, broken into pieces

Israeli Charoset Recipe

This recipe is an adaptation of the California-influenced Israeli charoset of the well-known kosher cooking instructor and cookbook author Judy Zeidler. This recipe truly tells a story since the ingredients are an amalgam of both Ashkenazic and Sephardic culinary traditions. Flavorful, intriguing, and a big hit at the seder.

2/3 cup pistachio nuts
2 apples (Gala or Empire), peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
15 pitted dates
2 bananas, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1–2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (depending on sweetness of fruits used)
Zest of 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
Zest of 1/2 orange
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup sweet Concord grape Passover wine
4 tablespoons matzah meal

Jaroset (Panamanian Halek)

This recipe comes from Rita Sasso, a Panamanian whose roots go back to Spain via Amsterdam and Curaçao, which had a significant Jewish population in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Rita and I became pen pals when I published a recipe in my Reform Judaism magazine column that was given to me by a friend in Mexico. She recognized the recipe as her own. We have shared recipes ever since, and here is one she gave me with her permission to publish.

4 ounces dried figs
4 ounces raisins
4 ounces prunes
4 ounces pitted dates
1 1/2 cups peanut butter or almond butter
2–3 cups brown sugar, according to taste
1/2 cup sweet Passover wine, as needed
Cinnamon, enough to cover the balls of charoset (approximately 1 1/2 ounces)