Sephardic Style Haroset

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Sephardic Style Haroset

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About This Recipe

Yield:makes about 4 cups
Active time:30 minutes
Total time:30 minutes
Special equipment:food processor
This recipe appears in: This Passover, Try Making Sephardic Haroset

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups red wine (recommended: cabernet sauvignon or Manischewitz)
  • 1 pound (2 1/2 cups) red raisins
  • 8 ounces (1 1/2 cups) dried dates, chopped fine
  • 4 ounces (3/4 cup) dried apricots, chopped fine
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
  • 8 ounces (1 1/2 cups) roasted almonds
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom water (optional)

Procedures

  1. 1

    Bring wine to a light simmer on medium heat, then stir in fruit and spices. Cook uncovered until fruit is well hydrated and wine has reduced to a thick syrup, about 15 minutes. Add salt to taste and set aside.

  2. 2

    In a food processor, roughly chop almonds in short pulses. There should be no whole almonds remaining; a mix of large chunks and small crumbs is preferable. Remove almonds from food processor and transfer to a large mixing bowl.

  3. 3

    Add fruit mixture to food processor and pulse until fruit just begins to come together into a paste, 2 to 3 one-second pulses. Do not overprocess—large chunks of fruit should be intact.

  4. 4

    Transfer fruit to mixing bowl and combine well with almonds. Stir in orange blossom water and additional salt if needed. Flavor of haroset will improve over time. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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