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Rusk Recipe for Winter Woes

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    Rusk Recipe for Winter Woes

    Here's something to accompany your favourite WARM beverage this winter.
    Rusks are a uniquely South African crunchy treat and a firm favourite that must be dunked in your preferred brew.
    There are many great grandma's recipes that have been passed down but no matter which one they are all good.
    They can be made in many different shapes sizes and flavours.
    I bake 2 batches at a time, not only because they are good but 1 batch doesn't see the middle of the week.
    As far as flavours go there are many variables too many to mention here. Some of the tasty things I like using include buttermilk, muesli, yoghurt and condensed milk.

    1.5 Kg self raising flour
    10 ml salt
    500 ml sugar (I use 1/2 white + 1/2 brown)
    500 grams butter
    500 ml buttermilk
    3 eggs

    Preheat oven to 180C
    Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl
    Melt butter and whisk in buttermilk
    Whisk in eggs
    Add wet to dry and mix (easiest done by hand)
    I then add the muesli after mixing (not essential but nice.) If I have raisins they go in.

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    Divide the mixture in half and flatten in a greased baking tray then cut the dough in finger thick sections along the width and either one or two cuts in the length.
    Bake for 30 minutes.

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    While still hot recut the finger sections and turn out of tray and separate.

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    Let the oven cool to 100 C and dry out the rusks in the oven at that temp for about 2 hrs.

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    Very Important Method.

    Dip Rusk in cup of tea, coffee, hot choclate or whatever tickles your taste. This may require a little practice. Leaving the Rusk in your beverage for too long, it will get soggy and break off.
    Grip Rusk between finger and thumb and dunk twice before lifting out to take a bite. The extent of dunking depends on density. You need to experiment and have a teaspoon at the ready to fish out broken bits from the cup.

    Give them a try they are good.

    South African Biscotti? Looks good, I'll have to try making a batch. What is muesli?
    Last edited by 58limited; October 18, 2020, 12:37 PM.


    • holehogg
      holehogg commented
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      Had to look it up and basically muesli is raw granola (unbaked) without any sweetners

    • Ann-Marie in the backyard
      Ann-Marie in the backyard commented
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      You can buy muesli in the grocery store under the brand names of Familia or Alpen.

    • hoovarmin
      hoovarmin commented
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      I thought of biscotti as well.

    Thanks for sharing


      Thanks, looks good. Goes on the to do list.


      • holehogg
        holehogg commented
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        When winter weather gets you down they are a good pick me up. Pretty much like what doughnuts do when you depressed 😊


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