Notes: Charosets holds a central place in the Seder, first because it reminds Jews of the mortar they used to build Pharaoh’s palaces, and second, because it’s one of the most delicious dishes on the Passover table. Nothing more than an apple, nut and wine salad, it is a sweet and crunchy relief from some of the Seder’s bitter or rich foods.

Chopping the apples and walnuts by hand yields the best texture – chunky, with lots of crunch – but you can use the food processor if you’re making a lot. Process in small quantities using quick, short pulses, so the mixture doesn’t become too fine.

Servings: 12


6 apples

2/3 cup walnuts

3 tablespoons sugar

½ to 1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ cup sweet red wine


Peel and chop apples. Chop walnuts.

Add sugar, cinnamon and wine, and combine well.

Taste, then add more wine or cinnamon for a deeper flavor.