Before I share my Health Rusks Recipe I must tell you that I feel like a celebrity this week, after my little stint on Come Dine with Me.
Health Rusks Recipe
I’ve received so many kind words and so much support and for that I am grateful. So many women have messaged to ask, “How did you have the courage to do that”
Yes, it took a lot of courage to put myself out there. When I look at myself on TV I think “did you actually do that”.
I know I made a lot of mistakes, I couldn’t even find words at times. You are under so much pressure with cameras and directors and people around you that you can’t actually think straight.
So much goes on behind the scenes, it’s not as smooth sailing and relaxed as it is on TV. I have a newfound respect for people that participate in cooking shows.
Now that I look back I see all I said was everything lacked flavour, my hubby had a good laugh…haha! I guess my Indianness came through where I expected bold flavours.
But we live and learn. All I can say it was an amazing experience. Took me out of my comfort zone and for once I had not a care in the world.
My whole life I felt like I was second best, like I didn’t mean anything in this world. As a young girl I was mocked at school and other girls were always prettier and better at everything.
I was a shy, timid girl that allowed people to tell me I wasn’t good enough. So much so that I lost so much self-confidence, had a low self-esteem and just felt so unworthy.
Being in an abusive marriage didn’t help either. It just pushed me further into darkness and allowed me to keep questioning the woman I am.
This experience has given me so much self-confidence and I respect and love myself more than ever. I love the woman I have become and all the values my parents have taught me.
My hubby has been my biggest supporter and he is now my number one fan. He thinks he has a celebrity wife…Lol!
So yes it took a lot of courage but I am better for it. If you want to live life forget about what others think of you, do what makes you happy.
On that note let me get to my Health Rusks Recipe.
I have never attempted rusks before this. Obviously I did test the recipe a couple of times to make sure they are perfect.
Often I would eat rusks and they feel hard as a rock. That just put me off.
Until my neighbour made some rusks and share with me. She makes the most amazing rusks.
So I thought it was time to attempt my own rusks. I got some tips from her and I used an old recipe I found and adjusted it to suit me.
These rusks for me are perfect, not too hard. They are light and crisp.
Making the rusks
I won’t lie, if you are making rusks for the first time it will be a little tricky. I also struggled a little.
Firstly this is a huge quantity of rusks but it is not an easy thing to make so I think the large quantities actually suits me. Then I don’t have to make it too often.
I am exxagerating a little, it is not easy the first time but by the second time you will become a pro. I am not a pro in the kitchen so things take me a little time to perfect.
For you it may be a little different. Everyone is different so who knows the first time may be a breeze for you.
You have to wait for your rusks to be completely cool when cutting them. My friend told me an electric knife works best to cut them into fingers.
However, I don’t own an electric knife so I used a serated knife and it worked fine. You will have some crumbs but only about a dessert bowl full, so don’t stress about that.
The crumbs are also totally edible. Sprinkle it in your morning muesli and yogurt.
You have to dry out the rusks in the oven overnight, anything less does not work.
The rusks won’t be as crisp and dry if you do not dry them in the oven overnight. You need to leave the door slightly ajar with a wooden spoon.
You can use whatever nuts you prefer. You can add more bran flakes and leave out the muesli if you wish.
This is one of those recipes that you can play around with. So add whatever you wish.
I have not halved the recipe so I cannot tell you how to. You can try and maybe use one egg.
If you cannot get the bran self-raising flour you can use normal self-raising flour. The one I used is a Sasko brand of flour.
I hope you love this recipe as much as we do. If you do try it please drop me a comment and a star rating, it is always appreciated.
Health Rusks Recipe
- 250 gram butter
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 litre buttermilk
- 1 kg bran rich self-raising wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder heaped
- 3 cups all-bran flakes
- 2 cups muesli
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line 3 standard oven trays with baking paper or one very large tray. I have a smeg oven so I used a huge tray, about 90cm x 35cm
- Mix all the dry ingredients together and set aside.
- Add butter sugar and oil to a very large bowl and beat until well combined and creamy
- Add eggs, one at a time and beat well. Mix in the buttermilk
- Add the dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Spread onto the baking trays and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 45 minutes or until golden brown on top
- Allow it to cool completely and cut into fingers
- Preheat the oven to 60 degrees Celsius. Spread the rusks onto baking trays and dry out in the oven overnight, place a wooden spoon to keep the oven door slightly ajar
- If you can't get the bran rich self-raising flour you can use normal self-raising flour
- I think milk can also work for this recipe as I have seen people use milk but I personally haven't used it
- You can try and halve the recipe and perhaps use one egg. I think it could work as I have seen eggless rusk recipes too