Nana’s wooden bowl and chopping tool.
Every family has their own version of this Passover recipe. This is our family’s. My sister Maralee and I look forward to the ritual of making this together, chopping the apples by hand in our grandmother’s wooden bowl. When I was very little I asked my grandmother if I could have that bowl, which I think she received when she got married in 1920. She told me that she would give it to me when I got married. And now it is mine.
- 20 small apples, peeled and cored — red delicious, gala, or a combination of your choice of a flavorful, sweet variety
- 3-1/2 c. chopped walnuts (we grind these in a nut grinder)
- 2-1/2 c. kosher wine (Manischewitz is our choice)
- 7 tsp. cinnamon
Chop the apples until very small (see photo). Stir in the rest, a little at a time, tasting as you go. Add more or less of the nuts/wine/cinnamon to suit your taste.
For favorite Passover recipes from my kitchen, please see Essential Passover from Scratch: Recipes and Stories from My Mother’s Kitchen