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Rusks – Delicious and Nutritious!

Posted on March 8, 2010 by in baked goods

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Making rusks is quite a time consuming job so when I do muster up the courage and energy, I make big batches so that it will last for a while. For me, there is something comforting in the thought that my tins and rusk jars are full. The rusks that I have made here is full of all the good stuff so even if you just have one rusk with a cup of tea for breakfast, you have had a good start.

I will give you the basic recipe, but feel free to chop and change and add dried fruit and nuts of your choice. My recipe asks for All Bran Flakes, but if you have problems finding it, use any high fiber breakfast flakes. Drying the rusks, takes quite a bit of time, but in winter there is nothing more comforting that walking into my kitchen that is warm from the oven and the whole place filled with the delicious smell of  something baking..

All Bran Rusks

4 x 500gr self-raising flour
10 cups All Bran Flakes
2 Tbsp baking powder
2 x 500gr butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 x 500ml buttermilk
125ml sunflower seeds
125ml flaked almonds
2 handfuls raisins
125ml sesame seeds
125ml linseed

Preheat oven to 180C. Mix all the dry ingredients. Melt the butter and the sugar(I use Microwave). Beat the eggs and the buttermilk together and add to the egg and butter mixture. Mix in with the dry ingredients. If your mixture is too dry, add a little milk(I always add a little milk to the buttermilk cartons, rinse and add that to the batter). Spoon into buttered loaf tins and bake for  +- 1 hour.
Cut the loaves into rusks using a sharp knife of electric knife and pack out on baking trays. Dry at 80C  while turning the rusks every hour or so. When they are hard to the touch, coll and store in an air-tight container.

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16 Responses to “Rusks – Delicious and Nutritious!”

  1. Zabwan 8 March 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    very nice & healthy too! am drinking a cup of coffee right now, and wish i had one to go with it. thanks!

  2. Marisa 8 March 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    Loving the scraps of biltong as accompaniment.. 🙂

  3. SavoringTime in the Kitchen 8 March 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    I've never tried making rusks but they sound so healthy and delicious and I wish I had one right now with my coffee. Thank you, Nina. I will try them!

  4. Bellini Valli 8 March 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    These are not the rusks I know which are bland and purchased in a box…way to go Nina!!

  5. Pam 8 March 2010 at 6:13 pm #

    I've never had a rusk before – they look like the perfect way to start your day.

  6. A Canadian Foodie 9 March 2010 at 6:54 am #

    I just had to google "rusk". Love learning new things… so these are like biscotti, but cake like, instead of cookie like? SO, are they more like a granola bar? They do look tasty and nutritious – but like, as you say, a lot of work…
    I am not afraid of work – but guess I'd have to taste one first, to be motivated.
    Thanks for teaching me something new!

  7. Rose&Thorn 9 March 2010 at 11:41 am #

    Excellent food styling and photography – I can't wait for the conference to learn EVERYTHING you know!
    Those rusks do look very good.

  8. Proud Italian Cook 10 March 2010 at 6:50 am #

    I agree with Val, nothing like I've ever seen or tasted! Healthy and good for us all!Love the ingredients.

  9. Anonymous 10 March 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    I could do with one of these ruskd right now…beautiful pics, as always, Nins!! PPD

  10. elly 11 March 2010 at 5:21 am #

    I've never had rusk, but they sound a lot like biscotti, which I love. Love the mix-ins you've used here!

  11. Rhyleysgranny 11 March 2010 at 9:34 am #

    I immediately thought of babies when I saw rusks. The recipe is sort of scone isn't it. They sound delicious. Good healthy snack too.

  12. Jeanne @ CookSister! 15 March 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    Rusks are some of the things I realyl miss in the UK. Yo ucan get Ouma rusks at the SA shops, but I crave those health rusks you can buy at home industries around the contry, lovingly made in a homely kitchen probably to a family recipe. Kind of like these! Will have to give them a try soon 🙂

  13. Jessy 27 March 2010 at 5:56 am #

    Sorry to sound clueless, but these rusks sound a great deal like scones to me. What is the difference? Either way, they sound marvelous and I am going to try this recipe soon!

  14. Anonymous 23 November 2010 at 1:14 am #

    Rusks are hard and sweet and are for dipping in your tea or coffee. Just brought some Hi fiber Rusks back to Hawaii from a small shop in the Cederburg Mountains. So good, South Africa has the best food!

  15. Janice Tripepi 26 June 2013 at 11:11 am #

    oOOOH I really need to try this recipe Nina – both TrickyRicky and I love rusks xxx yumm yummm x LOVe your pic xxx


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