Photo: Thomas J. Story
An inextricable part of the Seder, haroseth represents the mortar that the Jews were forced to work with as slaves in ancient Egypt. Recipes vary widely, depending on region; this one leans toward the Mediterranean, with its dates and warm spices. It was given to us by Tanya Holland, chef-owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side Baking Co. in Oakland.
Serves 8 (makes 4 cups) (serving size: 1/2 cup)
1. Chop 1 1/2 apples into 1/2-in. dice. Coarsely chop remaining 2 1/2 apples, put in a food processor with all remaining ingredients except sliced almonds, and pulse until blended but still quite coarse.
2. Turn mixture into a bowl and stir in diced apples. Sprinkle with sliced almonds just before serving.
Make ahead: Up to 1 day (except toasted almonds), chilled.