An account of the craftwork I get up to, tatting, spinning, knitting, sewing, whatever
Friday, August 25, 2017
Rusks are a traditional South African food, a yeast bread that is cut up and dried overnight in an oven. (I think that to be absolutely traditional, the dough is rolled into balls, packed closely into a pan and then broken apart before drying.) I'm not fond of rusks myself, but my husband Jack likes to have rusks to dunk into his early morning tea. He's very particular about the rusks. He disdains the modern tendency to make 'health rusks' with seeds, fruit etc added. The rusks must not disintegrate when put into tea or coffee. He found a family-run shop in town that sold the perfect rusk, until the lady who made them decided it was too much work for her. He persuaded her family to give him the recipe she used. That was about a year ago and ever since I've been trying to emulate her rusks. Fingers crossed that this batch passes the dunk test!