Rye and Date (zero sugar) Rusks

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I love food. I love cooking. I love baking. Most of all, I love eating, and I think my favourite thing in the world is a rusk. A rusk is a very South African thing. A dry, ugly, high fibre, fattening carb, that I simply will never be able to live without. A rusk is dipped in your (usually morning) coffee or tea, and soaked for a few seconds until just soft enough to bite off easily, but not mushy.

I start panicking when I see that my rusks are running low.

When we decided to stop eating sugar, I was a little devastated. Not because of the chocolate, ice cream or milkshakes that I would be going without, but because of my rusks. My morning companion, helping me enter the day with a cup of freshly brewed coffee. I literally wake up thinking about rusks (sometimes).  But then I met someone who bakes sugar free rusks, without artificial sweetener: with dates! Duh!? Dates are like the sweetest and tastiest thing on earth, after rusks.

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So I put a few recipes together and came up with this one. I use stone ground rye flour because I believe it’s healthier. It’s obviously not gluten free. But I feel good eating, and therefore using, rye. I’m sure you could substitute it with gluten free flour.

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Here is the recipe:

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Dood van die Onskuldiges

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 Bloedkolson rol oor die rand

Karoovlakwind sny koud
Blikkeëls roep: Onskuldig! Onskuldig!
Laksman wag by die sout

Veroordeelde kom op die wa
Daar’s geen gespot of gespoeg
Hangoortjies kopwip oor die klip
Bene vas maar daar’s geen gewroeg

Lemmetjie skerp op stompe klip
Japieskapiehond is lus
Bloedspoorpote met watermond
Gevoniste: Onbewus

Dan snel skerp lem deur woltaai vel
Voetjies spartel en skop
Bloed roggel en spuit en drup
Liggaam verwyder van kop

Velletjie van bossieskaap geskil
Blaas gaan na die hond
Drolletjies uit vetderm geryg
Grassies sit nog in die mond

Die dood van langstert-skapie-mê:
Vir vleisies vet en rooi
Wat wynvlektande deur kan byt
Beentjies vir woef gegooi

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Die grootlewergans
Die afkeelskaap
Servet op die skoot,
Voor my sagte Fois Gras

Die afkophoender
Die penkop bees
“Ek wil nie weet nie,
Ek wil net eet.”