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    South African Rusks

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    12 hrs 15 mins

    15 mins

    12 hrs

    Norahs Girl's Note:

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. 2
      In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly mix the dry ingredients.
    3. 3
      Combine all the wet ingredients, pour them into the dry ingredients, and stir until you have a soft dough, similar to biscuit dough.
    4. 4
      Turn the dough onto a well-floured surface and roll or pat it to about a 1/2 inch thickness.
    5. 5
      Cut the dough into rectangles about 2 by 4 inches.
    6. 6
      Bake the rusks about 2 inches apart on buttered baking sheet for about 25 minutes until the tops are crisping and browning a little.
    7. 7
      Loosely pile the rusks on a baking sheet and keep them in a 200 degree oven all day or all night (about 12 hours) to dry.
    8. 8
      The finished rusks should be very dry and hard.
    9. 9
      Cool and store in an airtight container.
    10. 10
      Rusks will keep for weeks.
    11. 11
      Variations Oatmeal-Raisin Rusks: Reduce the white flour to 1 1/2 cups and add 2 cups rolled oats and 1/2 cup currants or chopped raisins.
    12. 12
      Almond Rusks: Add 1 cup chopped almonds and omit the cinnamon.
    13. 13
      Peanut Rusks: Add 1 cup coarsely chopped peanuts.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 24, 2014


      I grew up eating Ouma's Rusks, and these taste almost exactly the way I remember them.<br/>When I was making them, I mis-wrote the recipe down and used brown sugar instead of castor sugar, and they still came out beautifully.<br/>I definitely will be making these again for my South African mum.

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    • on September 17, 2012


      This recipe is just what I have been looking for. It most closely matches the rusks we had in SA. We had them mostly while on safari, but we also found them in the supermarkets (Super Spar) around SA. I just made my first batch and they came out just as I remember them, hard as rocks with flavor, ready for dipping. This is definitely a keeper. I love them.

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    • on January 26, 2013

      I really liked this recipe because of the low sugar and butter content. They were crunchy and delicious and I will be making them again.

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    Nutritional Facts for South African Rusks

    Serving Size: 1 (986 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 128.0
    Calories from Fat 41
    Total Fat 4.6 g
    Saturated Fat 2.6 g
    Cholesterol 25.9 mg
    Sodium 126.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 18.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
    Sugars 3.3 g
    Protein 3.2 g

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