Nona's Sephardic Charoset

Lauren Phillips Fogelman
Recipe by
Lauren Phillips Fogelman

The Talmud offers a description of what charoset should look like, but it doesn’t specify the ingredients. As a result, different Jewish cultures have developed charoset recipes that relate to regional customs, tastes, and the type of produce that is most readily available. 

My maternal grandmother made this recipe, a thickly blended paste that includes finely chopped nuts with the addition of dates, making  the mixture, which has the consistency of peanut butter, especially delicious. 

1 cup pitted dates
½ cup walnuts
1 medium apple, peeled and diced
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 or 4 tablespoons sweet Passover wine (Blackberry Manishewitz preferred)
1 teaspoon of unsweetened applesauce
  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
  • Process until finely chopped into a paste.