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Dried out Whole Wheat Rusks in a platter on a red colored tablecloth

Whole Wheat Rusks

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Rusks.  These rusks are delicious. Wet ingredients 500 g butter, melted500 ml buttermilk3 large eggs2 cups soft brown sugarWhisk eggs and buttermilk together, add sugar and melted butter; mix well. Dry ingredients 300 g flour400 g whole-wheat flour300 g traditional oats50 g oat bran40 ml baking powder2 tsp salt Method Mix above … Read more

Buttermilk Rusks Self Raising Flour

Buttermilk Rusks Self Raising Flour Ingredients 1 kg self-raising flour2.5ml salt1.25 cups sugar250g No salt butter500ml buttermilk2 eggs25ml oil Method Mix flour and salt, then rub in the butter with your fingertipsBeat sugar, eggs, oil, and buttermilkMix wet and dry mixturesRoll into small balls with oily hands, or put in a well-greased panBake for 45-60 … Read more

Pannekoek in the pan and rolled up for serving on the side

Pannekoek (or crepes)

Pannekoek (or crepes)

What do you call it? Pannekoek, crepes, pannenkoek, or whatever you wish to call them, are super delicious and a favorite in many a household. We love it and we also have this tradition that when a baby gets his/her first tooth, to bake pannekoek, but have you ever thought or wondered about this tradition.

I do not need any excuses to bake some fresh pancakes, but bake why pancakes when a baby has its first tooth? After some searching the web, I could not find anything regarding the origin of this story or any reason why people do it. Could it be because a pannekoek is soft and easy for a baby to ‘chew’ and munch on with only gums and also not to choke on? What do you think? Do you have any other explanation? Please share with us in the comments.

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A loaf of bread covered with lines of seeds and called Cape Seed Loaf

Cape Seed Loaf

Cape Seed Loaf

For some or other reason (not sure why) I have an aversion to working with yeast, but I so badly wanted to bake this bread, as it reminds me of the yummiest bread I bought while still in SA, so I just decided, this is the end of this simple dislike, and that I have to bite the bullet and made it, and it’s the easiest of bread to bake, so I will do this more often!!!

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