Homemade Buttermilk Rusks

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I swear, this is something I’ve been threatening to try and bake since forever – buttermilk rusks.

I adore rusks.  There is nothing more satisfying on a cold morning, than grabbing a chunky rusk and dunking it into a hot cuppa.  Whether it be tea, coffee, Milo or even hot chocolate.  I was always under the impression that making rusks was super difficult, and so I kept putting it off.  Until curiosity got the better of me.

Originally, I went straight to Pinterest for recipes – it’s always my go to.  However, on popping into the store to buy buttermilk, I realised there was a recipe for buttermilk rusks on the carton itself.  Score!

I decided to give this recipe a go, following it exactly.  This is how I’ve always worked with recipes.  If the original recipe works well, I can then tinker around and tweak it to suit me.

So, without further ado, here’s how it went:


Buttermilk Rusks



1kg self-raising flour

5ml salt

200ml sugar

250g butter

500g Danone Cultured Buttermilk

1 egg

25ml oil



Preheat oven to 180°C.  Grease a roasting pan. 


(I opted to use a silicone baking mat in my roasting pan.  I therefore didn’t need to grease a pan)


Sieve dry ingredients together and rub butter in well.








I sieved the dry ingredients, one at a time into a mixing bowl.  I couldn’t throw them all in at the same time as there was just too much product.  So I used a whisk to mix them together once they were in the bowl.  I then rubbed the butter in with my hands until it looked kind of like breadcrumbs.








Beat egg and oil together, then add in Danone Cultured Buttermilk and mix.  Pour onto dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.






For ease, I poured the oil and egg into my Nutribullet and quickly mixed them together.  I then added the buttermilk and shook it all up in the container, before pouring it into the dry ingredients.  I rather stupidly forgot to take a picture of this, and by the time I remembered, my hands were covered in dough.  I used a spatula to mix the liquid and dry ingredients together at first, and then went in with my hands until it all pulled together in a lovely ball of dough.




Form buns and place them close together in a roasting pan.




This step was super simple.  As you can see, the roasting pan I used was a little too small for the silicone baking mat, but this was done for a reason – so that the ends would stick out.


Bake for 45min.  Remove from oven and immediately break into sections.




I found my oven needed to be turned down to 160°C after the first 20 minutes, as the rusks browned on top very quickly.  This stopped them from burning.  When they were done, removing them from the pan was easy – I simply used a cloth to take each side of the silicone mat and pull them out.  Easy as pie!  I didn’t slice them apart, but they were so hot, and the recipe stated to pull them apart immediately, so I used a butter knife to just edge them apart.  Very easy.


Place onto rack, well spaced apart, and leave to dry out in a warming oven overnight or leave at 120°C for 3 hours.




I found that 120°C was too hot to dry them out on, so turned the oven to just below 100°C and left them for just under 3 hours, by which time they were done.  Things like times and temperatures will always vary with your oven, so keep an eye on them.


Leave to cool.




Overall, I had the following thoughts:

  • Rusks are not difficult to make, they’re just time consuming.  But they’re so rewarding once done!
  • I would add a little more sugar than the 200ml.  They aren’t savoury at all, but they’re barely sweet.  I like my rusks a little bit sweeter.
  • I’d watch the oven, checking in every 5-10min while they bake.  You don’t want burned rusks.
  • I’d rather use a smaller roasting pan and make the balls of dough longer.  I like how much ‘longer’ Ouma rusks are, even the chunky ones, and these are more like little balls.  It makes dipping much messier (and coffee spill all over my deskpad at work).
  • Now that I know how easy the recipe actually is, I have so many flavours and extras I want to try!  Hubby loves blueberry muffins, so I want to buy some dried blueberries and make Blueberry Buttermilk Rusks for him.  I imagine that chocolate chips or grated orange zest would be delicious too.  When you can get a basic recipe right, the world is your oyster in terms of flavour combinations!


Have you ever baked rusks?  What are your favourite rusks to eat/bake?



Beauty and Lifestyle blogger, wine addict and all-round lover of all things beautiful and sparkly!

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. I love that you included all the ‘what I’ll do next time’s. I’m also an obsessive recipe tweaker. I experiment with several and keep making changes until I find my penultimate. I’ve yet to attempt rusks but now you’ve got me missing my oven 😘

    1. Siobhan

      Those completely obsessive recipe tweaks are what got my brownie game so strong. I won’t give anyone that recipe, other than my sister-in-law who owns a restaurant in Hermanus 😉 I tweaked it to perfection!
      I so think I could possibly play with some flavours from Flavour Nation and make some super unique rusks too!

  2. Mariska Goussard

    Oh. My. Word!!! These rusks look amazing!! I made buttermilk rusks about a month ago and they were a bit ‘meh’ for my liking – I wasn’t too happy with the recipe, it also was not sweet enough and lacked flavour. But your recipe (and end result ) looks amazing and I am so going to make them. Thank you for all the tips – agree with you on the chunkier, longer Ouma-rusk style. You saved me from another ‘not sweet enough’ batch of rusks – will definitely add more sugar as per your recommendation.

    1. Siobhan

      While I do want to add more sugar, I think you would have to add a bit more liquid, as the dough was quite firm already. Perhaps another spoonful of oil or an additional egg? I also considered maybe adding a little vanilla to them, but didn’t want to tamper too much with that buttermilk flavour.
      Thank you so much for reading, and send me pics when you make them! xxxxx

  3. Candice

    These look so good! I never tried making rusks before.

    Candice | Natalya Amour

    1. Siobhan

      These are so delicious, and great with some tea or coffee in the morning if you’re not a brekkie person. They were much more simple than I ever knew they could be!

  4. Mariam


    Would I be able to pat down the dough in a sheet/roasting pan and slice them after?

    1. Siobhan

      Hi Mariam

      Yes, you put them in your pan and bake, then you slice and put them back in on a drying rack to dry them out x

      1. Mariam

        Thank you. Hoping to try these out tomorrow

  5. Maria

    This Rusk recipe sounds good and I will try it today.
    I have been baking health rusks with All Bran , Sun flower seeds and Dates for 30 years and we still enjoy it.

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