Sephardic Wine and Fruit Pudding

Dates on a spoon

These little baked squares, rich with dried fruits, nuts, and wine, are a delectable Passover dessert.

Makes: 24 or more little squares

  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup sweet Passover wine
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar or maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup matzo cake meal
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped walnuts

Combine the dried fruits with the wine in a small mixing bowl. Let soak overnight or for the good part of a day, then drain off any excess wine.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl, then stir in the soaked fruits. Pour into an oiled 9- by 13-inch baking pan. Bake, covered, for 45 minutes, then uncover and bake for 15 minutes more, or until the pudding looks dark but still moist and springs back at a gentle touch. Cool, then cut into small squares or diamonds to serve.


4 comments on “Sephardic Wine and Fruit Pudding

  1. Aline

    Hi Nava,
    Thank you for the Peasch recipes!
    I have been eating plant based for 2 years. I prefer to
    not any type of oil. What would be a substitute in this recipe?

  2. Nava Post author

    Hi Aline, you can use a little applesauce. You might need a tiny bit more than the amount of oil specified. Happy holiday!

  3. Lori in Olney

    Hi Nava. Made this for the first time this year and it was the most popular item on the menu! It will be a staple from now on. Thanks!

  4. Nava Post author

    Thanks Lori! I haven’t made this in years, so I’m glad it was such a hit on your end. Your comment reminds me to revisit this recipe, and take a photo while I’m at it.

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