Often I’ll survey the Purim baskets and feel like something’s missing. They’re not full enough, not pretty enough. What could be missing among all the cookies, candies, home-made liqueurs and preserves, fresh yeast rolls? Who knows, a Jewish woman goes meshuggah on Purim. At least, this one does.
So, to help cooks needing an eleventh-hour recipe to fill up baskets, here are links to all kinds of foods that make Purim gifts to friends and neighbors special.
How about hamine eggs?I’m making a whole bunch for Shabbat, and extras will go into Purim baskets.
Chocolate Fruit/Nut Clusters are divine, and so easy to make.
Got a sourdough starter? Make some sourdough apple muffins.
And here’s a savory cheese and tomato muffin recipe.
Honey-Orange Biscotti are good in baskets, being a fairly non-crumbly cookie.
Prune-Chocolate Bread: so, so delicious and rich.
Ma’amoul – cookies filled with dates or nuts.
Chickpea Sambusak – savory chickpea pastry
Orange Rolls are incredibly delicious. The recipe makes a lot, and you just pull them apart to pack into the baskets.
Then there are nut butters. A small jar of home-made nut butter is an original gift – and yum.
Ba’aba beh Tamur – Iraqi pastries stuffed with dates. Light and crisp.
These are just some ideas I culled from the archives. Go ahead and try one or two, or scroll through the site to get others.
I wish all of Clal Israel a Purim Sameach!