Buttermilk Rusks Recipe

Buttermilk rusks are always a winner, especially when dunked in coffee. This buttermilk rusks recipe will let you enjoy your morning coffee even more!

buttermilk rusks recipe
buttermilk rusks recipe

Buttermilk Rusks Recipe

Buttermilk rusks are similar to biscotti. Most people dunk them in their morning coffee and eat them.
Course Snack
Cuisine South African


  • 4 lbs Flour (All-purpose flour or Cake flour or even a mix of the two)
  • 5 tbsp Baking Soda
  • 10 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 ibs Butter or Margarine (cold)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2-3 cups Buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp Aniseed (optional)


Making The Buttermilk Rusks

  • Sift the baking soda, cream of tartar and 1 cup of flour together (repeat 3 times).
  • Sift all the dry ingredients together. If you are using aniseed, add it too and mix well.
  • Grate the butter into the mixture and rub (to mix) through with fingers.
  • Beat the eggs, add the buttermilk, mix and then add to flour mixture. Mix together so that mixture is little runny, but still can be kneed. Kneed lightly until all ingredients are mixed well.
  • Make little balls (slightly bigger than a golfball) with mixture and place them (touching) into a greased breadpan.
  • Bake for 25 – 30 minutes in the oven at a temperature of 400 °F.
  • When your rusks have cooled slightly, break (or cut) them into pieces and dry overnight in a cool oven by placing the rusks directly on the oven grills. (Set the oven on “Warm” only and keep the oven door slightly open by wedging a teaspoon into the door at the top.)

Additional Hints For Your Rusks

  • More or less sugar can be used, or can even be totally left out – if needed.
  • If more rough rusks are desired, replace half of the flour with wheat flour.
  • The butter or margarine can also be melted and then mixed with the egg and buttermilk mixture (it creates a finer texture).
  • The flour, baking soda and creme or tartar can also be replaced by Self Raising Flour.


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  • Thanks for the site. We often add raisins or cranberries to taste, have tried almonds and walnuts aswell; walnuts gave the rusks a good taste but definitely shortened the shelf life.
    Mooi loop!

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