Haroseth… breakfast of champions!

20 Apr

Also known as:  Charoset, Charoses, Haroset, Charoseth, Haroseth, Haroses.

This is one of the reasons why searching for Jewish recipes online is fun. I am going to use the ‘Haroseth’ spelling. It speaks to me.

Moving right along

Two nights of Passover 2011 are now complete, and I am going to use the next few posts to share some of my favourite recipes and food ideas from this year’s dinners with you, starting with Haroseth.

But first, a shout out to my girl at the Oy of Cooking for her sublime brisket recipe.  Thank goodness there are leftovers!

When I woke up today, to a kitchen full of Passover reminders  (what AM I going to do with that huge plate of leftover Matzoh??)  I had one of those wonderful culinary ‘AHA!’ moments.  You know the ones.  And I just had to share it with you.

Haroseth… the breakfast of champions!

First our family Haroseth recipe. (best made 2 days ahead of consumption)

You will need the food processor for this. Funny… I never used one before meeting my husband, but now it seems indispensable.

Cook Like a Yenta Haroseth:

1 bag MacIntosh apples, peeled and cored

1 cup dates

2 cups walnut pieces

1-2 cups Manichewitz wine

1 T cinnamon

1 t ground ginger

1.  Process the peeled, cored apples in your food processor until quite coarsely chopped.  You may need to do this in stages depending on the size of your processor.  Reserve in a large bowl while you quickly deal with the other ingredients.  If you work fast, the apples will not brown

2.  Process walnut pieces into coarse meal, add to chopped apples

3.  Mix 1 cup of wine and spices together and pour into apple mixture. If it does not look wet enough, or is not sweet enough, add more wine.

4.  Cover and keep in fridge for 1-2 days to let flavours develop.  Voila.  Haroseth!

Serve with matzoh on Passover. (Or anytime, really, why not??)

Now here’s what came to me in my moment of inspiration this morning…

Three Haroseth Leftover Ideas:

1.  Prepare your favourite oatmeal.  (I like organic quick cut oats with nothing in them, microwaved with water for 1 minute 30 seconds… nothing could be simpler) Add 1/2 cup Haroseth and return to microwave.  (or add to your pot)  Warm through and serve.  Delish!  I am eating this as I type.  Seriously yummy!

2.  Pancakes, waffles, or crepes – Haroseth makes a wonderful addition to these breakfast faves.

3.  Greek yogurt and honey – like my favourite Starbucks parfait… 2/3 cup greek yogurt, 1/2 cup Haroseth, and a generous drizzle of honey.

Haroseth.  The cure for the common breakfast.

Enjoy!

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