Lesotho Beskuit Recipe: Traditional African Rusks

Dish recipes: Beskuit
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Beskuit, a beloved traditional treat in Lesotho and throughout Southern Africa, is a type of rusks made from a simple dough that is baked, sliced, and then baked again until crisp. These crunchy biscuits are perfect for dipping into coffee or tea and are a staple in many Basotho households.


4 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, melted

2 large eggs

1 cup buttermilk or maas (sour milk)


Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and then add the melted butter and buttermilk or maas. Mix well. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until a stiff dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead lightly until smooth. Divide the dough into two equal portions and shape each portion into a log about 2 inches in diameter. Place the logs onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between them to allow for spreading. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until lightly golden brown and firm to the touch. Remove the baked logs from the oven and let them cool for 10-15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F (150°C). Using a sharp knife, slice the logs into 1-inch thick slices and place them back on the baking sheet. Return the slices to the oven and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, turning them halfway through, until dry and crisp. Once baked, remove the rusks from the oven and let them cool completely before storing in an airtight container.


Beskuit is traditionally enjoyed by dipping it into coffee or tea, allowing the crunchy biscuit to soak up the liquid for a delightful treat. It can also be enjoyed on its own as a snack or breakfast item.

With its crunchy texture and delicious flavor, beskuit is a beloved part of Basotho cuisine, enjoyed by people of all ages. Whether dunked in a hot beverage or eaten on its own, these rusks are sure to satisfy your taste buds.