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Separdi charoset with dried cherries

Sephardic Dried Cherry, Date and Almond Charoset

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  • Author: Abbe
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 30 individual servings 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Cuisine: Jewish


This Sephardic style Charoset made with dried cherries, dates and almonds is so good. Plopped on apricot halves it becomes extra-special!


Units Scale

1 c toasted walnuts

1/4 c sliced toasted almonds

1/2 c golden raisins

1/2 c Medjool dates

2 T dried cherries

1/4 c unsweetened grape juice or Kosher Concord grape wine (the sweet stuff!)

2 T fresh lemon juice

1/8 t cinnamon

30 dried but plump apricot halves


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast walnuts for about 10 minutes and almonds about 6 minutes. They should both be light gold in color.

In a bowl combine raisins, dates and cherries with wine or juice, lemon juice and cinnamon for at least 15 minutes. Process fruit and nuts in food processor until a coarse paste is formed. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate up to 5 hours or longer. (This keeps well.)

Form heaping teaspoonfuls of the fruit and place one on each apricot half. Garnish with some sliced almonds or goat’s cheese if you are not serving this for Passover!

(If you’d like, you can just serve this with some diced apricots mixed into the mixture. In this case I would definitely serve it with crackers or matzoh.)

Now take a bite and be thankful you are not a slave in Egypt!



Adapted from Food and Wine 2000