South African Recipes

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South African Rusks

Hard Dry Biscuits, South African Rusks are one of the traditional foods of South Africa.

A rusk is a very hard and very dry biscuit that was often made by the Dutch travelers. They are very much without moisture and as such will travel well. The Dutch settlers used them as bread on their trips in wagons. The reason for this was that not too many kinds of bread were able to travel well. Without the preservatives and other things that we add to the breads and cakes of today, spoilage and mold were very common.

South African RusksToday the South African Rusk is a very traditional food that is eaten as a snack as well as carried while hiking. All over South Africa the rusks are taken with tea, dipped in milk or eaten as they are without accompaniment. Rusks are not at all difficult to make but are made commercially by companies all over the country.

There are multiple varieties of Rusks, including some which are a more sweet treat than a simple travel bread as they once were. Rusks which are home made may be made with lower fat, and without the use of buttermilk or they can be the more traditional rusks that are part of the cuisine of South Africa and be made with the original ingredients.

You can find South African Rusks made with spices, chocolate, raisins, oat bran, currant, and many other inclusions.

To make your own version of the South African Rusk you can use the recipe below:

* 2 cups white flour
* 2 cups whole wheat flour
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 2 tsp baking powder
* 1 tsp cinnamon
* 1/2 cup melted butter
* 2 eggs
* 3/4 cup milk or buttermilk
* 2 tsp vanilla

Preheat your oven to about 400 degrees. Combine the dry ingredients together into a very large mixing bowl. Combine all wet ingredients, and pour them over the dry. You will get a dough that is very like biscuit dough. Pat it down til it is about a half inch thick and then cut it into triangles. Back them on a greased cooking sheet for about 25 minutes.

You may if you like add other ingredients to your rusks. Many people even add bits of dried apple or cinnamon, oat and nutmeg. If you add further dry ingredients such as oat, then do adjust your wet ingredients as well. South African rusks are a wonderful food to take along on a hike or a long trip. They will serve you as well today as they did the Dutch Settlers of South Africa.

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