Last year in Israel, we discovered that Ben and Jerry’s manufactures Charoset ice cream for Pesach (Passover). We bought it at the Israel supermarket for its Passover-themed value but we devoured it for its delicious taste.
After all, charoset is a traditional dip consumed at the Passover Seder. It is typically prepared with chopped apples, nuts, cinnamon and red wine or grape juice. The charoset is a gritty dip for the Maror (bitter herbs) that symbolizes the mortar used by the Jews to fashion bricks while they were enslaved in Egypt.
The apples and grape juice or wine lend a sweet taste to this dish and make for the perfect combination of ingredients to prepare charoset ices. This will make the perfect dessert for your Pesach meal.
3-4 apples, cut into large chunks
1 cup wine or grape juice
dash of cinnamon
1/4 cup nuts
1 cup frozen grapes
small romaine heart (optional, for garnish)
Using the s-blade of the food processor, puree all ingredients except romaine heart until just combined.
Freeze until solid or overnight.
Once frozen, remove from freezer and defrost just enough to scoop back into the food processor fitted with the s-blade.
Pulse sorbet in food processor just until smooth. Refreeze.
To allow for simple entertaining, I usually defrost for 20-30 minutes before scooping.
Garnish with a small piece of romaine lettuce.
Any frozen fruit may be substituted for the frozen grapes. Just make sure to taste puree and blend with enough wine or juice for optimal sweetness. Honey may be added as well to sweeten the sorbet.
I scoop the sorbet into small cups in advance and freeze in the cups until ready to serve. That speeds up the serving of a frozen dessert and keeps everything tidy. I add the garnish at the end so that the leaves stay fresh and green.