It’s round three of my Peaceful Sleep Adventure Series which involves my family and me together with Peaceful Sleep going on a set of adventures whilst under the protective force field created by their extensive Family Care Range (you can check the whole lot out on their brand new site). We’re setting out to show you some cool kid-friendly places and things to do with your little ones during the next few months of Summer.
This specific post is really special to me because it’s an episode of Tastes Like Nice which is mine and Nina’s baking show and it takes place at Shane’s mom’s family holiday cottage in Riet River where Shane as well as his mom, has spent pretty much every December of their lives. We’re also using a recipe that comes from Nina’s Great Granny’s cookbook which was put together in 1979! We’re making her famous Riet River Rusks which were apparently (according to the recipe) very popular among army and seamen. Haha I love that!
Riet River is in the Eastern Cape and the cottage is located right next to a river which is connected to one of the most beautiful oceans I have ever seen! Imagine if you will miles of soft sand and not a soul in sight, so the beach is pretty much all yours whenever you are on it.
When at Riet River one becomes immersed in full on lazy-day mode, so it’s all about naps, food and pretty much nothing else…best! But being so close to the river means that you can be affected by mozzies, especially on a hot Summer’s day/night. Peaceful Sleep’s Family Care range which offers eight hours of protection really did come in handy especially because there are no mozzie nets and Rex and Nina are both too small to fend for themselves when it comes to these little suckers. Why do they have to be so annoying? Their spray is also fast absorbing and mild enough for kids over the age of 6 months which is great. We had the most amazing time at Riet because of its special history and the fact that it is one of the best places on earth.
I really hope you enjoy this episode and that you make these Riet River Rusks that are so moreish and they make for a super delicious treat with or without a good cup of tea, which if drunk in typical Riet River style would come with a bigger than average sized spoon of condensed milk in it. Yum!
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Recipe (we halved it for our video):
° 3 cups flour
° 1/2 cup unsalted butter
° 1/2 cup milk
° 1 cup sugar
° 3 teaspoons of baking powder
° About 300 grams of chopped up nuts, we used almonds and cashews, pumpkin seeds and cranberries
- Preheat the oven to 180°C
- Place all the ingredients into a big bowl and mix together by hand.
- Start kneading the ingredients so they form a nice solid dough. We kneaded our dough for about 7 minutes.
- Form separate balls out of the dough, size wise, mine just fitted into the middle of my hand.
- Place these balls into a greased Pyrex and then into the oven for about 50 minutes or until golden brown.
- Take them out and then using a fork split them in half so that you have a top and a bottom.
- Place these pieces onto a baking tray, turn the oven down to 100°C and let them sit in there for about an hour or so to dry out.