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Charoset, Portuguese (P, KLP, TNT)
Source: Family recipe
Serves: Varies

1 pound of dates
6 ounces of almonds, ground very very fine, almost to a powder
3 tablespoons cherry jam
8 ounce glass fresh orange juice with pulp or enough juice to cover dates
3 tablespoons sweet grape wine, orange liqueur, or sherry

Soak the dates in fresh orange juice, to soften, for an hour.

Place the dates with the juice into a blender and chop. Blend the dates to as fine as you can get it' remember it should resemble black tar or mortar.

Remove the dates, place in a bowl and mix with the wine and cherry jam.

Sprinkle the almond powder over the charoset before serving.

Poster's Notes:
My family immigrated to Amsterdam from Portugal via Antwerp in the 17th century and from Amsterdam to America in the first half of the 19th century. "Also, as explained to me by my grandparents over 50 years ago, the concept is to make the charoset as the Torah quote: 'as black as pitch or mortar but sweet as written in Shir Ha Shirim--shachora ani v'na'va--I am black and beautiful.' We always served the "Portuguese charoset" on a small silver filigree plate which further beautified the observance of the commandment (hiddur mitzvah): making the mitzvah of Pesach even more beautiful." This recipe as far as I can tell, is unique among the recipes for charoset that I have seen but...with all modesty, is the best charoset I have ever tasted.

Posted by Stephen Mendes Abravanel

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A