Every year I make two charosets for our Seders: the family favorite (a Persian style with pistachios, dried fruit and a hint of cayenne), and also a new one.
Last year the newbie was this Dried Fig and Coconut charoset. It was a BIG HIT!
It’s easy to make, you can make it ahead and it is NUT FREE.
Dried Fig and Coconut Charoset
1 cup chopped dried figs
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup dried cherries or cranberries
1 navel orange
1 cup flaked coconut
2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup apricot jam
1/4 cup sweet white or red Passover wine
Combine the figs, apricots and cherries in a bowl. Peel the orange and remove the outer white pith (leaving only the orange flesh). Cut the flesh into small pieces and add to the bowl. Add the coconut, ginger, cinnamon apricot jam and wine and mix ingredients. Let rest for at least one hour (preferably several hours) before serving. May be made a day ahead.
Makes about 3 cups