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Passover Moroccan Charoset

Moroccan Charoset "Truffles" with Dates, Raisins, and Walnuts
A recipe from Jennifer Abadi

Rolled into small soft balls and coated lightly with ground cinnamon, this Moroccan style charoset resembles chocolate truffles more than it does traditional charoset, and is perfect for those looking for new and creative ways to celebrate their delicious seder meals. You can prepare these a week in advance and layer them in-between pieces of parchment or wax paper, seal them in a plastic container, then freeze them. When ready to serve, place them on a small serving platter or bowl, and allow them to come to room temperature about 1 hour before serving at the seder table. They are especially nice when served alongside your traditional family charoset in a bowl.

Serves 6 to 8 (approximately 1 ½ cups or 24 one-inch balls)

Ingredients for Charoset:
½ cup walnuts
1/4 cup slivered almonds
6 large Mejool dates or 10 regular-size dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup dark raisins
1 to 2 tablespoons sweet Passover wine, such as Manichewitz

Ingredients for Serving:
1 Box of Matzah Sheets or Cracker Size Matzahs
Cinnamon (for dusting the outside)

1. Place the walnuts and almonds into the food processor and pulse until coarsely ground, but not into a meal-like consistency (about 30 seconds).

2. Add the dates and raisins and combine in the food processor until a thick paste is formed.

3. Add one tablespoon of the wine at a time until the paste is smooth but not so sticky that you cannot roll it into small balls.

4. Taking approximately one tablespoon at a time, roll the thick paste into 1-inch balls* (if they paste is sticking too much to your hands, try dipping your hands in cold water and then rolling them) and sprinkle the outsides lightly with cinnamon. Store balls in a tightly covered plastic container in refrigerator for up to one week.

5. Dust the outsides of the balls with ground cinnamon. Serve haroset balls at room temperature on a platter, alongside tea matzahs (can also be served as a paste in one or two small dessert bowls, placed at either end of the Seder table.)

©2009 Jennifer Abadi,

*Note: If you wish to serve it in the more common way of a paste in a bowl, then add a little more wine and warm water to make a bit smoother and softer for spreading.

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