Curaçao Charoset

Curacao Charoset

Did you know that the oldest Jewish community in the Western Hemisphere is in Curaçao, an island north of the Venezuelan coast? I had the opportunity to visit the amazing Mikve Israel Emanuel Synagogue there which is the oldest continuing operating synagogue in America. While visiting, I learned about a unique type of Charoset that’s in little ball shapes and I was inspired to create a version for Breaking Matzo. As a tribute to Curaçao, we’ve added orange-flavored Curaçao liqueur to the recipe as well as coconut, a popular ingredient there. We hope you enjoy the recipe. For more information on my trip to Curaçao, click here.

Makes 28 - 32 balls depending on size

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup dried figs
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 1/4  cup honey
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 oz Curaçao liqueur
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut + 2 cups for rolling

Instructions

  1. Soak dates and dried figs in warm water for 10 minutes to soften
  2. Drain dates and figs from water, add all ingredients to a food processor or high-powered blender and puree until combined
  3. Put mixture in a bowl, cover and chill for about 30 minutes to firm it up
  4. Scoop out mixture into balls (about 2 tbsp each) and roll them in shredded coconut
  5. Serve immediately, chill or freeze. They stay soft in the freezer so if you're making them ahead, you can serve them directly out of the freezer without letting them thaw

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17 Comments

Shari Heck

I made a Morracan Corosat which was very similar and it was delicious.

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Rivka Rachum

I have a cookbook from the Curacao Jewish community with this recipe. My recipe has larger quantities and other additional ingredients, like prunes, brown sugar, and tamirand juice, and cashew nuts. They both look delicious!

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Mike Williams

I used dried apricots, and about 1/4 cup prunes with dates. Also used walnuts instead of peanuts. Total effect was delightful !

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Michael Becker

Have granddaugter with ultra severe nut and life threatening anaphylaxis to peanuts. Can I use something like rice crispies or something else for the crunch?

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Suzanne Karfiol

Not crazy about peanuts so I used almond and pecons.Very nice change and makes an interesting desert to serve with the chocolate covered matzah 😊😋

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Hallie Berman

I used Sabra Liqueur and almonds instead. Mmmmm…thanks for this great idea!!

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