Se7en Make Buttermilk Rusks in Se7en Steps…

What do you do when one of your best friends crosses the world to live on the far side for six months before returning home… Well you bake of course!!! Especially one of her recipes. So here folks is the recipe for Aunty Muffin’s Buttermilk Rusks.


Let’s Meet The Players:

I love that there is nearly no measuring, just buy the ingredients in the correct package size and you will be fine!!!

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(Can you spot the difference?!?)

  • 500 g butter
  • 500 ml buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • capful of vanilla essence
  • 1 kg of self raising flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder

Let’s Play The Game:


Step 1: Melt the butter.


Step 2: Add the buttermilk and the eggs and the vanilla.


Step 3: Stir together.


Step 4: Get your Celebrity Chef involved! Pour your flour into a large bowl.


Step 5: Add the rest of your dry ingredients, your baking powder and sugar, to the bowl.



Step 6: Add your wet ingredients and dry ingredients together and mix away. Pop the mixture into a greased baking pan and bake for about 25 minutes at 180 degrees Celcius (or 350 degrees Fahrenheit).


Step 7: Once a sharp knife comes out of the mixture clean remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool for a few minutes. Then turn it out of the pan and allow it to cool on a rack. When it has cooled completely cut the cake into bite sized bits and pop them onto baking trays and back into the oven on a very low heat for a couple of hours – until they are totally dried out and crunchy!!! And you are done.


Luckily we had a half a spit of rain, so we made some hot chocolate:

Some blocks of Lindt broken into warm milk.


And snuggled down to some serious stories and rusk dunking!!!


That’s us. Bon Apetito.

P.S. These store really well in a sealed container and make a great “make in advance” gift.

17 Replies to “Se7en Make Buttermilk Rusks in Se7en Steps…”

  1. It must be the time for “half way around the world” travel — my closest friend here in upstate New York just left today to spend 6 weeks with her family in… South Africa.

  2. Hi SK, I’d send you some but they may not make the trip and you will wonder why on earth someone sent you a box of crumbs. Have a great day!!!

  3. Hay KM, the only thing I had to measure was the cup and a half of sugar – seriously this is easy!!! My camera gets only slightly less terrifying everyday… Everytime I think I am getting the hang of it the father person asks: “So how do you do…?” And I think huh, what, never heard of that… I learn, I learn, I learn – slowly!!!

  4. Hi L, That’s funny our friends must have crossed flights… mine is a “Come and read stories to the kids every Monday so that you can run any errands you have or just get some air friend” and she is going to be missed sorely by all of us!!! Have a good weekend, we are nearly there!!!

  5. These sound good. Are they like biscottis, then? I wish Lindt was a reasonable option here. When having to choose between a $1 for a Hershey’s bar and $4 for Lindt, Hershey’s wins. I should splurge, sometime. All your posts on Lindt makes me want to try it out.

  6. Hi S, Yes, just like biscotti’s but completely dried out.This is a very South African recipe – many South African’s wouldn’t dream of having coffee without a rusk to dunk in it!!! We pay about $4 for 100g of Lindt. My mom in law brings us a slab every week when she comes for supper so I have a steady, but not too abundant supply. Have a good day!!!

  7. I’m 50% Dutch and whenever we visited my grandmother we’d have rusks. I love rusks.

    Unfortunately, with my wheat-thing, well… we’d have to make them at home.

    …I’m going to see if my wife can adapt this for my wheat-free needs [smile].

    Thanks for sharing!


  8. Hay Luke – How cool to hear from you. I have discovered that not everyone has even heard of rusks!!! There must be some sort of replacement “Wheat-free” flour… Luckily you have a fantastic wife who I am sure will resolve this for you and rusks can once again be a welcome treat!!! We are on week 34 and the end of year is sooooo close, and I will be delving into the catalogue, that I know off by heart, but one must look in case anything new has crept in without my noticing!!! Oh I can’t wait to order in the New Year!!!! Hope you and your family have a fabulous weekend!!!

    I hope you guys all have a great weekend

  9. Hay you, We made a double batch and I’ve hidden the second batch!!! I will be able to surprise a couple of folk this week!!! You are missing gale force winds – too dreadful for words!!! Lots of love to you all…

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