About the Parsha
In Shmot we read about Yocheved placing her baby into the Nile river in a basket made of bulrushes. Of course, this baby is Moshe (Moses), who is found by the daughter of Paroh (Pharaoh).
About the Dessert
This basket is made of strips of puff pastry (bought), woven together over a large oblong bowl.
Lay the puff pastry on a flat surface.
Using a ruler and a sharp knife, cut strips of dough about 1-inch wide.
Turn over a large, oven-safe, oblong bowl/dish. Cover as tightly as possible with aluminum foil.
Lay dough strips in a row across the top of the bowl.
Beginning in the middle, add one strip at a time perpendicular to the row. Weave the strips along the row, adding more to each side, until the bowl is covered.
At the bottom of the bowl (which will be the top of the basket when turned over), you can twist 2 strips of dough together, and adhere the twist to the basket’s edge using some water and a pastry brush.
Bake the basket on the dish.
The handle is made with another twist of two pastry strips, laid flat on a baking tray and baked on its own. It can be adhered to the finished basket using melted chocolate.
1. This basket was made to hold an assortment of cookies for dessert.
2. To add flavor, I sprayed the dough with oil, then sprinkled a mixture of cinnamon/sugar before baking.