Hey there honey boo. Did you miss me? I missed you, like, a lot lot, not a little, a lottle. Sorry I wasn’t here for you with a bomb ass recipe, but I was man down. Apologies aside, I’m here to present to you some bomb ass vegan rusks. Vegan rusks you ask? Yea, I agree, super weird. Honestly, the only reason I even looked into this is that my darling hiking buddy Mmabatho requested I make these. What a pleasant experience it was to try something new that I might not have thought of.
What are rusks anyway? Uhm, like tasty dry biscotti type things but like, on drugs and South African. I’m sure google can give you a better academic answer, but this is the most accurate emotional answer.
Ok honey bunnies, let’s get into these damn thangs. It really is a fuck load of steps but it’s not as bad as it seems, its actually pretty easy and here we go…
- 500g self-raising flour
- 115g bran flakes
- 45g almonds
- 90g castor sugar
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 70g pumpkin seeds
- 95g cranberries
- 2 ½ water
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds/linseeds
- 100g/110ml coconut oil, melted
- 275ml unsweetened almond juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Mixing them thangs
- Preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F.
- Line a deep-walled baking with baking parchment.
- Sieve the flour, sugar, salt an into a large mixing bowl.
- Finely crush the bran flakes using your hands and crush the almonds in a bag using a rolling pin or something heavy. Mix in the bran flakes, almonds and pumpkin seeds into the flour.
- Put the tablespoon of ground flax seeds into a small bowl and mix in the water. Stir well and leave for 5 minutes until it has thickened a bit.
- Add lemon juice to almond milk and set aside for a couple of minutes.
- Whisk together the flax mixture and the almond milk mixture with the melted coconut oil until fully combined.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well until fully combined with no remaining lumps of flour.
- Flatten the mixture into the baking tin using your hands, do not worry if it seems dry.
- Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
- Take the tray out of the oven (but don’t turn it off) and remove the foil. If it’s really not cooked, put it back into the oven uncovered for 5-10 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes.
- Using a large, sharp knife, carefully slice the dough into rectangles, size of your choosing.
- Spread the rusks out on a larger baking tray, or two smaller trays, and return to the oven. Bake for 30 or mins until golden brown. If they’re browning too quickly, cover them with foil again. If they don’t look fully cooked, give them 10 more minutes. Then turn the oven right down to 50°C/120°F.
- Leave the rusks to dry out for a minimum of 3 hours You could also leave them in the oven overnight with the pilot light on.
- Once finished drying out, remove the rusks from the oven and allow to cool completely before placing them in an airtight tin.
But how do you feeeeeeeeeeel?
So maybe we should talk about the egg free elephant in the room. Vegan boo? Yea, I know. I’m a honey glazed bacon over a poached egg lover, how did I fall into this health food shit? It wasn’t my choice, I was trapped. Honestly, thank goodness for this because never in a million years would have I bothered to think of this as something to try, ok maybe eventually I would have but I think fear of the unknown would have inhibited me. So, in short, thanks Mmabatho for complaining of the skyrocketing costs of vegan food at a certain major grocery store, without you, none of this would have happened.
Ok, so what were these vegan fears I had and were they rational? Let’s go through them:
- Vegan food tastes like unseasoned cardboard. Boy was I wrong, these shits are mad tasty, so good I had to make them twice and shared with my cow’s milk loving friends who were in love. I also have a health nut friend and she loved it too. Even me, a hater of things that are marginally good for my body loved them. Thems shits are good.
- Shits gon be expensive. Ok so this is a yes and a no. If you are vegan, then this ain’t no thang, but if you’re a normie like me then you are gonna have to step out and buy a few things. It isn’t the worst but I’m never going to buy coconut oil. I have no use for it, not for my hair nor my cholesterol.
- They won’t have the right rusky texture. Not having eggs to bind everything together is really scary. Well let’s clap for flaxseeds which came and did the damn thing.
- Anything else? Nah, mostly scared of it being expensively nasty.
Ok, that wasn’t so bad now was it? No, it was easy and worth it guys. This was fun. If you have any suggestions of something you would like me to try, please drop it in the comments or email and lets see.