I have always absolutely loved waking up in the morning and having a rusk with my tea. I can recall many a time when I would climb into my Granny's bed and dunk delicious rusks into a hot cup of tea, these are my favourite childhood memories.

When I moved to the Netherlands, I realized that popping into Woolworth's and grabbing a packet of my favourite rusks was no longer an option, so I decided to make some of my own rusks and I love a buttermilk rusk with some added healthy goodness such as almonds, seeds, goji berries and cranberries to get me started for the day.


400g self raising flour
150ml organic buttermilk
200g organic butter
100g honey
100g almond flakes
100g pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds
200g goji berries,cranberries and raisins
5ml himalayan salt
3 large free range eggs


Heat the oven to 160°C
Melt the butter in a bowl and then mix in the honey
Mix the flour, salt, almonds and seeds in a large bowl
Lightly whisk the eggs and buttermilk
Slowly fold the egg mixture to the flour mixture, adding the butter mixture and dried fruit in between until all the ingredients have been folded together

it's really important not to over mix
Pour into a flat baking tray covered in baking paper

Bake for 30 minutes then turn down the temperature to 100°C for a further 30 minutes

Take out the oven and slice into rusks approximately 3cm x 8cm with a sharp knife and arrange the sliced rusks slightly seperated on a baking tray
Dry the rusks at 70°C in the oven for 2 - 3 hours until crisp and dry
Store in an airtight container