Dried Fruit Haroseth

  Dried Fruit Haroseth

Dried Fruit Haroseth

Last week wasn’t just Persian New Year, it was also the beginning of Passover.  Since Daniel is Jewish, I wanted to mark the occasion somehow.  I almost always mark occasions with food!  This year I tried my hand at making haroseth, a spiced fruit and nut concoction that was completely new to me and will henceforth be in my refrigerator often!

 

This recipe is so easy it’s embarrassing.  You really just chop a bunch of dried fruit up (and to be honest, you can use whatever dried fruit you like) and mix it with some flavorful juice and spices. That’s it.  I am told the traditional way to serve haroseth is on matzo at your Passover seder.  However, I had two other favorite ways of serving it that were by no means traditional.  One: early in the morning when no one is looking, take that matzo, crumble some feta on it and scoop up the haroseth.  Salty and sweet were meant to be!.  Two: try it on your breakfast yogurt -- it was a revelation as a condiment. 

 

My last non-traditional secret -- next time I'm trying this with coconut!

 

DRIED FRUIT HAROSETH

adapted from Bon Appetit

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups chopped pistachio meats

1/2 cup chopped pitted dates

1/2 cup dried cherries

1/2 cup chopped dried apricots

1 chopped apple

1/4 cup port wine

1/4 cup pomegranate juice

1 tablespoon honey

1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon orange zest

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg

 

Heat a heavy pan over medium heat and toast the pistachios until fragrant, around 4-5 minutes.  Let cool while chopping your fruit.

 

Combine all of the fruit with the wine and juice; drizzle in the honey, zest, spices and lemon.  Let stand at least 15 minutes.  If you are serving immediately, stir in the pistachios.  If you are serving the next day, hold off on that until the last minute - they get a little mushy.