Foodie Gifts: Irresistible Rusks

Ever since the late 1690s, beskuit has been a traditional Afrikaner breakfast meal or snack, a great way to preserve bread, especially if travelling a long distance.  Basically, it’s twice-baked bread. Today, the Italians have their biscotti, the Germans their zwieback, but nothing beats a traditional, much-beloved South African rusk!

This crunchy recipe comes from our fabulous Sense of Taste Chef School team, Chef Peter and Chef Byron. Deliciously comforting, these rusks are a great way to begin – and end – your day.

Make up a big batch, divide them into pretty jars or boxes and give them away as gifts – if you can let them go!  These rusks stay crisp and fresh a relatively long time in a sealed container, but in our experience, they don’t last a minute once they’re out the box and served for tea.

Makes about 30 to 40 rusks (depending on the size you cut them into).


  • 500g self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon Oryx Desert Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Oryx Black Pepper (we love that little spicy bite)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups Muesli Mix (whichever your favourite is)
  • 1 large egg (free-range)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup melted unsalted butter


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C
  • Grease a deep baking dish
  • Sift the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar into a large mixing bowl
  • Stir in the muesli
  • Beat the egg and buttermilk together, and then add the melted butter
  • Combine the wet and dry ingredients to form a soft dough
  • The dough should have a dropping consistency
  • Spoon into the greased baking dish and bake for 1 hour
  • Remove from the oven and turn the oven temperature down to 110°C
  • Allow cooling in the dish for about 20 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack
  • Cut into rusk shapes – put back in the oven for 1 hour at 100°C
  • Place the cut rusks onto a cooling rack and return to the oven – leave for about 4 hours to dry out completely at 50°C and then for a further 4–6 hours until completely dried out
  • Enjoy with a lovely cup of tea or a good cup of coffee 😊