What a busy week it has been, I will be honest, it kind of freaks me out when we have so many plans, I get anxious when we have too much going on. As much as I love being with, and meeting, new people, I can only handle social gatherings in small doses. My husband finds it hilarious that I get totally stressed out when we have to plan events way ahead of time. I feel more comfortable with impromtu plans, whereas he is more comfortable with planning ahead so he can get accustomed to the idea of what lies ahead, I freak out thinking of what lies ahead. Something I am working on.
This week was one of those crazy weeks, last weekend we had my father in-law over so we were out and about all weekend, which was really great, but sadly made me miss my own dad terribly. It’s been 10years since his passing so I was quite surprised at how much I longed for him whilst my father in-law was here. I actually found myself feeling all tearing at times. God has really blessed me with such amazing in-laws. Pa Steve reminds me so much of my dad in so many ways, he has these endless stories to share and he has such a great sense of humour, I always love having him here, I only wish hubby had had the chance to meet my own father. Such an amazing, gentle man with such a big heart, who always put everyone else above himself. Come to think of it… Very much like my hubby.
Back to our supposed busy week, ok this does kind of sound ridiculous as I’m thinking of it, it was not THAT busy. We had a work brunch function with one of hubby’s clients during the week in Constantia. Friday night we had dinner at our new neighbours, remember I posted the blog about the Carrot Cake Cookies which I baked for our neighbours, who actually never ended up getting them as when I popped over, they had builders there so I never got to give it to them, we then found out they were renovating and it was going to be a while before they moved in, so hubby ended up digging into that batch of cookies! We had such a lovely evening. What an incredible couple, so awesome that they are not only passionate about Christ, but they were pastors in their previous hometown. We spent most of the evening talking about God and the journeys we have all been on. I love evenings like those, I love meeting people I can freely speak about our Lord Jesus and all He has done. It really is such a blessing to have them in our hood and I’m excited to see what God has got planned for them.
Hubby says I spoke too much though, I just can’t help myself, when it comes to connecting with people and talking about things I am passionate about, like God, I sometimes get too excited and blurt out too much at once. Hubby is way more cautious than I am, he is by far more wiser than me, that’s for sure. There’s no doubt God gave me a man like to him to reign me in at times.
I felt him nudge me under the table a few times. Ooopppsss… sorry love.
So that was Friday night, Saturday afternoon we met up with friends in the Northern Suburbs for lunch. That was also lovely. Love this couple dearly!
I baked and cooked the weekend, worked in the garden and also managed a nice long run in the forest. Oh and I also made a new running buddy in the village this week and we went for a few runs during the course of the week which has been great.
Hopefully we can keep that up as it would great to get some road distance so I can finally do a marathon I have been threatening to do for ages now, but dreading the long lonely road runs.
So back to the reason for my post, how did I get to baking my favourite rusks. Well Pa Steve is coming back from Bloemfontein on Thursday and he absolutely loves rusks, then again, which South African doesn’t, so I thought I would make him a batch for whilst he’s here and at the same time give some to our lovely neighbours.
They came out really well and I might just make another batch for Pa Steve to take back home.
I decided I needed to blog this recipe as I’ve changed it each time and this time it came out absolutely perfect so I want to remember exactly what I did!
Buttermilk Bran Rusks
- 1kg self raising flourr
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 4 cups all bran flakes
- 2 cups sunflower seeds
- 100g almond flakes
- 2 cups raisins
- 3 eggs
- 500ml buttermilk
- 500g softened butter
I had to use 2 large bowls and separate the ingredients as it’s quite a huge batch.
Combine dry ingredients. (half half in the separate bowls).
Mix in wet ingredients, (again half half into separate bowls).
Place dough into large greased baking dish, I used a large glass roasting dish, spread out evenly and bake at 180 deg for 50min, cut into pieces, let cool.
Remove from dish, cut / break pieces and place on large baking tray, place in oven at 100 deg overnight to dry out.
I want to try the other method where you roll the dough into small balls, place next to each other, then when cool, you break the pieces apart before letting them dry out in the oven overnight.
I think this method could work quite well.
Once cool, store in an airtight container.
These should last you quite a while, unless you have a husband like mine, then I’d say, 2 weeks max and time to make another batch!
Hmmmm…. time for a cup of tea and one of these rusks.