This is a recipe my husband has been making for us since we moved into our house, 17 years ago. Our next door neighbors have an apple tree in their front yard and they don’t eat any of the apples from the tree but they’re thrilled that we do. While applesauce is also good to make with apples, this recipe is quick and easy, and goes down quickly at our house.
Apples, walnuts, and cinnamon is actually a traditionally Jewish dish called, Charoset (pronounced Ha-row-set) and is usually served at a Passover meal. When my husband was growing up, lots of his friends were Jewish and he attended many a Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah. He was served this dish often and it really stuck with him. He also knows all of the Seder dinner responses, too.
When our other neighbors (not the ones who have the apple tree in their front yard) invited our family over for a Seder dinner one Friday, I think they were surprised at how a Catholic would know all of their prayers so well.
I was just impressed that he could remember the prayers at all since I can barely remember what happened last week!
Apples, walnuts, cinnamon (or officially Charoset) is great with breakfast, lunch or as an after-school snack. I have no idea what type of apples we’re using but there’s nothing better than juicy, fresh, organic apples that were just picked – minus the worms!
Dicing the apples and scraps go into the green bowl. The green bowl goes to our backyard chickens. They don’t mind eating bad, wormy apples.
- 5 cups apples, diced
- 2 cups walnuts, chopped
- 1 lemon, juice of
- 3 Tablespoons red wine (or grape juice)
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- Core apples and remove any bad spots.
- Dice apples into bite size pieces.
- Place apples in large mixing bowl.
- Pour lemon juice over apples quickly so they don’t turn brown
- Chop walnuts and add to bowl with apples.
- Add red wine, honey, and cinnamon.
- Stir until well combined.
- Serve and enjoy.
- Store this in an airtight container in your refrigerator.
- No need to peel the apples but cut out the bad spots or wormy spots and compost – or give them to your backyard chickens.
- If you don’t have red wine or don’t want to use it, grape juice may be substituted.
My kids love this as an after school snack. My son got this beautiful plate of food when I picked him up from school for a piano lesson recently.
I’m not above bribing my kids with food during soccer season so that they stick with their piano!
How do you like to eat fall apples? Any favorite recipe you’ve been making for years?
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