In our pursuit of discovering Jewish recipes from around the world, we came across this simple Iraqi Charoset for Passover – just pure date syrup and chopped almonds.
Explore our other international charoset recipes here!
Yield: 1 lb of dates makes approximately 1/2 - 3/4 cup date syrup
- 2-1/2 lbs dates (or 1-1/2 cups store bought date syrup)
- handful of pecans, roughly chopped
- Pit and halve dates
- Place in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes
- Strain and return dates to the pan and cover with water again, this time ensuring there’s about an inch more of water. Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer covered for 2 hours, checking occasionally to ensure there’s still enough water in the pan
- Strain dates and squeeze liquid through a nut bag into a bowl. Squeeze really hard to ensure you have all that precious juice out
- Put the juice back on the stove in a sauce pan and reduce until it becomes a thick syrup. Takes about 25-30 minutes. Let cool
- Pour date syrup in a small bowl and top with chopped pecans. Serve with matzo crackers