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The Paste

The Paste


A mixture of apples, nuts and wine which resembles the mortar and brick made by the Jews when they toiled for Pharaoh.

Preparation: Shell walnuts and peel apples and chop finely. Mix together and add a small amount of wine.

Role in the Seder: This is used as a type of relish into which the maror is dipped (and then shaken off) before eating.

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January 29, 2014
Helped with my homework and was very interesting, the recipes were cool to.
Tyne and Wear
October 1, 2013
Needed this for R.E homework, helped a lot.
March 29, 2013
Sephardic Charoset from Iasi, Romania
1 cup dried figs
1 cup raisins
1 cup pitted medjool dates
1 cup almonds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon allspice
3 tablespoons pomegranate juice

Mix it all up in a food processor. The city if a river port city, and all these commodities came up from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea.
Tim Upham
Tum Tum, WA
March 23, 2013
Haroset Truffles
This is the best addition I've had to our sedar table in a long time. They're so beautiful and easy to make, they were a big hit!
Wendy Goldner
March 19, 2013
Nut free Charoset
Yemenite Charoset

1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/2 cup dates, chopped
3 tb dry wine
juice of 1/2 lime
2 tb honey
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. Cumin
1/4 tsp. Cloves
pinch of coriander
1 small red chili pepper, seeded and minced

The recipe also calls for 3 tb of toasted sesame seeds. Sephardim who eat kitniyot (legumes) on Pesach may add this ingredient; Ashkenazim should not.

Combine and refrigerate.
Michigan USA
March 14, 2013
How about grape juice? Staff
March 14, 2013
My new husband does not drink alcohol. What can be substituted for Wine?
St. Louis, MO
May 31, 2012
Needed this for R.E exam
London, England
April 2, 2012
Is there a recipe for charoses that doen't use any nuts--one of our family is allergic.
Cypress, california
April 7, 2011
Iraqi Jews make a very special charoset, it is made from dates, indirectly - dates are washed and then soaked overnight and then this mash is boiled once and then strained through a new clean cloth once all the liquid is collected the mash is discarded and the liquid is boiled down until it form a thick syrup. Nothing is added until it is mixed with ground or finely chopped walnuts. The date syrup is called silan and is then know as haleq when mixed with the walnuts. The flavour when eaten with any matzah but especially shumurah matzah is something that even the child look forward to every year. This recipe was given to me by my husband's grandmother and I make every year for the family.
Sharyn Bir
Mississauga, ON/Canada
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