Friday, December 16, 2011

Chanukah Baskets for the Bosses

Today I wanted to share the baskets I decorated and filled for the 3 doctors I work for.   They celebrate Chanukah and every year I like to create something special for them. I got the plain blue baskets at The Christmas Tree Shop for $2.99 each.  The basket is 9 1/2" tall and 8" wide.

I adhered the striped May Arts Ribbon around the top, tied the Glitter Eyelash yarn (Martha Stewart from Michaels) over the ribbon in a bow and added a paper flower I made out of sparkle tissue paper.  I just learned how to make these simple flowers on Tim Holtz blog when he made one on his12th Christmas Tag.
I strung the tag on the basket with the same glitter yarn.  The stamps I used on the tag are from the Mazel Tov set by Papertrey Ink.  I silver embossed the images and added Yellow Stickles to the flames.
I filled the baskets with home made goodies:    
Star of David Sugar Cookies wrapped in a flat bottom clear bag.
home made fudge wrapped in a clear acetate box.  (you can find my simple, delicious fudge recipe here)
and Pecan Rum Cake Bundtlettes with a label added to warn receivers they contain nuts!
Here's the basket filled to the brim with the goodies!

Amazing what a little ribbon, a flower and a tag can do to dress up a plain basket isn't it??!!
I have made these Rum Cakes every Christmas season since I found this recipe in a magazine several years ago.  They are super easy and 'out of this world' delicious!

Bert's Rum Cake
Makes 1 large bundt cake or 12 Bundtlette cakes 
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 box yellow cake mix
1 box (3.4 oz) vanilla instant pudding mix
1/2 cup light rum
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 stick unsalted butter
1/4 cup light rum
1/4 cup water
Preheat oven to 350.  Spray a 12 cup bundt pan or 2 - 6 bundtlette pans with cooking oil spray with flour.  Sprinkle chopped pecans over bottom.  Stir cake mix and pudding together in large mixing bowl.  Add rum,  water, oil and eggs.  Beat for 2 minutes with an electric mixer.  Pour cake batter over nuts and bake for 45-50 minutes.  If you are making the smaller cakes, spoon batter evenly into each mold (about 2/3 cup each) and bake for 20 minutes.
5 minutes before cake is done, prepare the glaze.  Place sugar, butter, 1/4 cup rum and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan and boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
Remove cake(s) from oven and slowly drizzle the glaze over the top while cake is still hot.  It will take several applications to use all the glaze.  Cool cake in pan for 30 minutes before unmolding.  Finish cooling on a wire rack.

You can see the gifts I've made in past years for the doctors here and here.

Wishing a very happy Chanukah to all those who celebrate -  starting next Tuesday at sundown.


Dee in N.H. said...

Gorgeous and yummy filled baskets! I love it!

Annette said...

how fun...all those goodies look so good..

Olga said...

Really Julia, these baskets are such lovely and personal gifts! Your 'bosses' must be very glad you work for them. Happy Holidays from Holland.

Nikolay Bugaev said...

Thank you so much. This is one of your "bosses" (doctors) who was so lucky to receive this gift.
Special thank from my wife who really loved goodies inside of the basket, she was so happy to see that you shared your cooking secrets.


Mara... said...

Oh my goodness, these is one amazing basket. Not only is is beautifully decorated, the treats inside look fantastic!! Beautiful work, Julia!

Wanda Cullen said...

What super special gift baskets!! Love that "hairy" yarn and tissue flower, but those home baked goodies steal the show! :-)

Kelly S. said...

Oh GORGEOUS, Julia! I always love looking at your special Hannukah projects. Those doctors must have loved these! So pretty and elegant...and such delicious-looking homemade treats inside!