South African Buttermilk Muesli Rusk
Some things you just never forget. Like your first kiss. Or the time I tasted a South African 'karringmelk beskuit' or buttermilk rusk for the first time.
I was in the middle of a game reserve in South Africa- the Mosetlha Bush Camp and Eco Lodge in Madikwe to be exact. It was 5am and still dark. With no electricity at the eco camp, I stumbled out of my mosquito net draped bed and dressed in darkness to the clear morning call of the crested francolin and the faint smell of wood smoke. Bleary eyed and in zombie mode, getting ready to clamber up into the 4x4 for my first game drive, our ranger stopped me.
"Howzit! Get yourself some coffee and rusks before we head out", she suggested cheerfully.
"Dunk the rusks into your coffee", she gestured. "That's the South African way to eat them".
Oh boy, do the South Africans have it right or what? Those scrumptious rusks enjoyed with a hot cup of coffee, woke me up in an instant.
|So, how many men does it take to change a flat tire in the bush? Just one. Three to watch. |
And four women to tell him he's doing it wrong...while enjoying coffee and rusks.
What are South African Rusks?
I finally settled on South African food blogger, Sam Linsell's recipe* for a Buttermilk Muesli Rusk, while slightly altering the selection of fruits and nuts in the recipe to my own liking. I also added vanilla essence, although most of the South African recipes that I came across didn't use any essence. I'm so pleased with the result.
Enjoying these buttermilk muesli rusks over a hot cup of tea or coffee, takes me straight back to the Mosetlha Bush Camp. Lovely memories that I will always cherish!
See how you can make your own South African Muesli Buttermilk Rusks.
Recipe for South African Buttermilk Muesli Rusks
Yield: Approximately 42 pieces
☐ 1 ½ cups oats
☐ 1 ¼ cup light brown sugar
☐ 1/2 cup dark raisins
☐ 1/3 cup golden raisins
☐ 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
☐ 1/3 cup sweetened dry shredded coconut
☐ 1/4 cup flaxseeds
☐ 250ml buttermilk
☐ 125gms butter melted
☐ 2 large eggs
☐ 1/3 cup oil
|Ingredients: (Clockwise) Buttermilk, flour, oats, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, oil, golden raisins, butter, coconut, brown sugar. (Center) Eggs, raisins.|