Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Bran Rusks

In preparation for the long weekend away my mother made some of the family favourite rusks. Rusks are a traditional South African dry biscuit which is dunked in your tea and eaten or it can be eaten as is.


This recipe is from one of my mothers recipe books. It was submitted by J. Schmidt from Pretoria and can be found on pages  281 & 282 of The Housewives League Cookery Book published in 1976.

Favourite recipes submitted by the
members of House wives League
1975 / 76 

1.5 kg (3 lb) self raising flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups sugar
250 grams (8oz) margarine or butter
1 packet of hi bulk bran
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups cooking oil
500 ml buttermilk


Combine all dry ingredients and rub in butter.

In a separate bowl combine eggs, buttermilk and oil.
Add to dry ingredients.

Mix till soft dough is formed.

Form balls from about a heaped tablespoon of mix.

Pack rolled balls in baking dish.

Bake for one hour in a 180 'C (350 'F) oven.

tip out onto a tea towel. Put another tea towel on top and tip over.
Using a sharp knife separate balls and lay onto trays.

Lay in single layer and return to oven on coolest setting to dry out. 
My oven was 100 'C and took about 3 hours.

Store in an air tight container and enjoy with a cup of tea.

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  1. Looks yummy, Chareen - great for when the children want to snack.

    I love your new look header. How stylish is that?!!

  2. You're right Vicky it's a great snack and very moreish!!

    I had loads of fun making the header learned a new program on line and am pleased witht the result.

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    Shabby blogs has a tutorial on how to use this

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  4. These look great. I saved the recipe to try soon.

  5. Hello Rose and welcome to my little spot in cyber space :)

    Let me know what you think of these once you've tried them.

    Had a nosey over your place and it looks great. Will be back to look some more.


  6. They look like little biscotti! They'd be perfect to have with my chai in the mornings!

    BTW I've got a recipe linkup going on! (

  7. Hello Rachel

    Welcome to my blog. Love your photo's by the way :) the quilt is gorgeous.

    Let me know how the rusks turn out :)


  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog, checking out my quilt and linking up!


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