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.
- 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
- Soak dates and dried figs in warm water for 10 minutes to soften
- Drain dates and figs from water, add all ingredients to a food processor or high-powered blender and puree until combined
- Put mixture in a bowl, cover and chill for about 30 minutes to firm it up
- Scoop out mixture into balls (about 2 tbsp each) and roll them in shredded coconut
- 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