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Nut-Free Turkish Haroset

Nut-Free Turkish Haroset 4.000

Ann Maloney for the Washington Post

Mar 30, 2020

Passover tables feature seemingly infinite variations of this dish, which evokes the mortar used by the enslaved Hebrews forced to build structures for the pharaoh. Each version is influenced by the available ingredients and cuisines of the countries and regions where Jews have lived. Most combine fruit and nuts, often with wine.

This easy version does not include nuts or wine, making it perfect for people with nut allergies. It is based on recipes from Turkish Sephardim, descendants of Jews who found a haven in the Ottoman Empire after being expelled from Spain and Portugal during the Inquisition. Haroset has an appealing tart taste and can be sweetened with a little sugar, if desired.

Make Ahead: Make the haroset at least 1 day ahead and refrigerate until needed.

Storage Notes: The haroset can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.


Servings:
4 - 8

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Tested size: 4-8 servings; makes about 2 cups

Ingredients
  • 1 large orange, preferably organic
  • 1 cup (about 5 ounces) golden raisins
  • 1 cup (4 1/2 ounces) pitted dates
  • Granulated sugar, to taste (optional)

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Directions

Wash the orange under cool water using dish soap or a vegetable cleaning solution, then rinse thoroughly. Cut off the peel and pith from the two ends of the orange, then cut the whole fruit, peel and all, into eight chunks. Discard any seeds. Place the orange pieces, raisins and dates in the bowl of a food processor and process until you get a chunky paste or a smoother, jam-like consistency, if you prefer. Stop the motor and scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times. Add a little sugar, if desired.

Transfer the haroset to a container with a lid and refrigerate for at least 1 day before serving.

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From Washington writer Susan Barocas.

Tested by Susan Barocas.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 8): 123


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 3mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 29g 10%

Dietary Fiber: 3g 12%

Sugar: 21g

Protein: 1g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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