Condensed Milk

Your Family, May 1987

Your Family is (was?) a magazine. They ran a “Favourite Recipe Competition.” This was submitted by Mrs. M. Allen, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. This method of making rusks is quite unusual.

Sponge:
20 ml dried yeast
50 ml lukewarm water
5 ml sugar

Dough:
1.5 kg flour
1 litre lukewarm water
10 ml salt
397 g can full cream sweetened condensed milk
175 ml sugar
125 g butter, melted
2 eggs, lightly beaten
beaten egg to glaze

Sponge:
Combine all sponge ingredients and leave in a warm place to rise, for 10 minutes.

Dough:
Add 125 ml flour and 250 ml water to sponge and mix well. Leave to stand a further 30 minutes till frothy.
Sift flour and salt into a large bowl abd stir in sponge mixture, condensed milk, sugar, butter, eggs, and remaining water.
Mix to a soft dough. Knead well for 5 minutes.
Place in lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place to double in size – about 1 hour.
Punch down and form mixture into small balls. Arrange tightly in a greased roasting pan (2 inches/5 cm deep), cover and leave in a warm place to rise – about 45 minutes.

Glaze with beaten egg and bake at 180 C (350 F) for 40  – 50 minutes.

Break into individual rusks and dry in a low oven.

Makes about 50.

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  1. llew virtue
    April 26, 2015 at 3:40 am

    baie danke mevrou
    this is what reminds me of south africa

  2. Bobby Knell
    January 28, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Another recipe just like my Ouma’s.

  3. martiens
    August 19, 2016 at 6:12 am

    why was mine so watery

  4. August 19, 2016 at 6:16 am

    mine was very watery the mixture ,and i did it to the tee

    • August 19, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      That’s strange. I really don’t know. Sometimes I make the same recipe over and over and it’s different. Did you by any chance use more buttermilk than suggested? It’s hard to know. Sorry. Try again!

      • Suzanne
        April 16, 2017 at 7:31 pm

        Too much water! I used a cupful plus 50 ml for the sponge, and needed only 1 1/2 cups more water after adding the sponge, condensed milk, melted butter, and eggs.

      • May 24, 2017 at 10:18 pm

        Thanks for letting us know.

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