Dairy Free Rusks

"I cannot seem to find commercial rusks without dairy. Traditionally in South Africa rusks are made with buttermilk. I found and adapted this recipe and my whole family (including the dairy eaters) loves dunking them into coffee especially on Sunday mornings. They're filling & nutritious enough to replace breakfast. Choose a good quality commercial muesli as it affects the taste of the rusks. Rusks make a nice gift. This recipe may seem to be time consuming but it is well worth the effort, and they last for weeks. Adapted from Theresa Verslanking"
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Ready In:
5hrs 15mins
20-30 rusks




  • Preheat oven to 180ºC.
  • Grease 1 large rectangle baking pan.
  • Mix boiling water, margarine and sugar.
  • Allow to cool - should be lukewarm.
  • Add beaten eggs and mix well.
  • Mix flour, baking powder, salt and creme of tartar and add to egg mixture.
  • Add bran, sunflower seeds and muesli and mix to form a soft dough.
  • Pour into baking pan and bake for 1 hour.
  • Cool and then cut into rectangles.
  • Set oven temperature to 100ºC.
  • Space the rusks evenly in the baking pan in the same direction.
  • Place the pan in the oven and allow the rusks to dry out with the oven door ajar for 1 hour.
  • Turn the rusks onto a new side in the same direction and leave to dry out with the oven door ajar for 1 hour.
  • Repeat the last step twice until the rusks have been dried out from all sides.
  • Rusks can last for weeks if stored in biscuit jars or tins.

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I am a mother of a 9 year old son who has a dairy (specifically milk proteins) & citrus food intolerance. I also have a 21 month old toddler who has a 60% chance of displaying the same allergies. This necessitated finding a site where I could find allergy free recipes. I have always read recipes for fun, so I really enjoy this site. My family embarked on a healthy eating plan (Theresa's Slimming) and am pleased to report that we all weigh less (except the baby - that would be a problem!). I'm feeling & looking much better. At least her plan feeds the mind & body as comfort food & chocolates are part of the weekly menu. Thanks Theresa! <img src="http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j166/ZaarNicksMom/PACsticker-Adopted.jpg">
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