Long before boxes of rusks and other 'fast' baby foods arrived on supermarket shelves mums made their own.
Being one to turn to more traditional ways of baby care I made some rusks for Ben. They are surprisingly easy and there's no excuse to say you wouldn't have time to make these!
Despite the look on his face he really does enjoy them.Truly!
I got the idea from the Sustainable Baby book by Debbie Hodgson.
I used a loaf of locally made Sourdough bread and cut up the bread into 2cm x 2cm (roughly) strips. You then just place the bread on an un-greased tray and bake on 120 degrees for 1 hour or until completely hard and dry. They are then stored in an airtight container.
If I made my own bread they would turn out quite economical (the loaf cost me $6) but I made them because I would rather give Ben 'made from scratch' food and meals, so I know exactly what's in them and to give him a good start nutritionally.
As with any food constant supervision is required just in case a piece breaks off, but they are remarkably hard. The texture is quite rough and Ben was hesitant at first to hold one, but once he got a taste he loved sucking on one end.
Have you ever made rusks?
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