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My Mom’s Charoset

My parents were supposed to come to Seattle and celebrate Passover with us. We had been planning this visit for almost 6 months. I was excited to have family over for a holiday and not send the boys to spring camp (saving a few bucks in the process). Life was great… until February 2020, when the coronavirus began to spread around the globe. We had to change our plans to make sure everyone was safe. Like much of the country, we were stuck at home. As the pandemic continued, we found our way to carry on. To make the holiday a little bit sweeter, I made my mom’s charoset for the first time. She texted me the recipe, which was basically a list of goodies that go into making it. This is the taste of childhood for me, but you can change it to suit your fancy. Add different nuts (pecans!), grape juice, or play with various dry fruits.

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charoset on matzah

My Mom’s Charoset

Sweet, sticky, and oh so delightful, this charoset is truly delicious.
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Course: Spread
Cuisine: Jewish


  • 1 Granny Smith apple peeled and grated thinly
  • 2 cups (200 grams) dates without the pits
  • 1/3 cup (50 grams) raw almonds
  • 1/3 cup (50 grams) walnuts
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) sweet wine, like Manischewitz or grape juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Put all ingredients in a food processor.
  • Grind to a uniform texture, taste, and add more wine and cinnamon to your liking.
  • I like a smooth texture, but it is just a suggestion.
  • Keep refrigerated!

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Hi, I’m Rachel.

Welcome to my little corner of the internet! I’m happy you’re here. I am the food blogger behind “Mama Living Abroad.” In this space, I am sharing flavorful recipes that I love to make and have my family and friends approve.

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