Italian Charoset

In Italy there are various regional versions of haroset. The haroset of Padua has prunes, raisins, dates, walnuts, apples and chestnuts. In Milan they make it with apples, pears, dates, almonds, bananas and orange juice. Other possible additions include: chopped lemon or candied orange peel, walnuts, pistachios, dried figs, orange or lemon juice, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.

Italian Charoset

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  • 3

    apples, sweet or tart

  • 2


  • 2

    cups sweet wine

  • cup pine nuts

  • cups ground almonds

  • ½

    lb. dates, pitted and chopped

  • ¾

    cup yellow raisins or sultanas

  • 4

    oz. prunes, pitted and chopped

  • ½

    cup honey or to taste

  • 1

    teaspoon cinnamon

  • ½

    teaspoon ground ginger


Directions Peel and core the apple and pears and cut them in small pieces. Put all the ingredients into a pan together and cook, stirring occasionally, for about an hour, until the fruits are very soft, adding a little water, if it becomes too thick.


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