Sephardi Charoset

In our household I make the Charoset for the Passover Seder. According to Wikipedia:

Charoset, haroset, or charoses (חרֽוֹסֶת [hărōset]) is a sweet, dark-colored, lumpy paste made of fruits and nuts served primarily during the Passover Seder. Its color and texture are meant to recall the mortar with which the Israelites bonded bricks when they were enslaved in Ancient Egypt. The word “charoset” comes from the Hebrew word cheres — חרס — “clay”.

Galit’s family are Sephardi so my recipe follows that tradition, that means a lot of dates. The quantities are for a large family like the Haviv’s where 16 or so people turn up for Seder. For our small family and guests I only make 1/10 of this amount.

Sephardi Charoset

Marie Haviv


  • 750 grams dates chopped
  • 150 grams walnuts ground 1
  • 1-2 large apples peeled and grated 2
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • [Optional] Pinch of cloves
  • 1/2 - 1 cup Sweet kosher wine or apple juice


  • Mix dates, walnuts, apple, cinnamon, cloves
  • Add enough wine to moisten, but no more


(1) Marie doesn't have a blender so I grate the walnuts when I'm there.
(2) Marie prefers two large sweet eating apples but I go for 1 large Granny Smith.

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