Brick & Mortar

Photo by The Brick Kitchen

Photo by The Brick Kitchen

Cake time? To be honest, this post has nothing to do with chocolate cake and everything to do with charoset (pronounced ha-row-set). This sweet food of the Passover Seder is fruity and sticky, and symbolizes mortar used in laying bricks. It is the taste of sweet redemption on the Seder plate. The word itself derives from the Hebrew word cheres, which means clay.

Someone once said there are as many ways to make charoset as there are Jews in the world. Everyone has their own little tips and tweaks. Charosets from Casablanca are formed into balls, Askenazic ingredients are apples and walnuts, Sephardic includes dates, and charoset from Surinam contains coconut, cherry jam, and dried fruits.

The diversity of this dish stops juuust before a leavened chocolate cake. How do you make your charoset? Do you have a family recipe?

Why is this cake unlike all other cakes? Not because its flourless. Because it is by @claudiabrick of the Brick Kitchen! Beautiful work, Claudia.

Information from: ThoughtCo, The Jewish News, and SF Gate.

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