Friday, July 5, 2013

Indian Style Tea Biscuits #anjumanand

Hello all,I hope you have not forgotten this humble space of mine.Yes,it has been a long gap since this post,something which happens very rarely here.Blame it all on a holiday hangover,friends visiting and water scarcity.We were stranded without a drop of water for about 4 days,with dwindling supply for an hour a day or sometimes not even that."learn to conserve water",well I can vouch for that now:)
Indian Style Tea Biscuits
I had scheduled posts for those days when we were having a fun time in UK(more of that in another post!)hoping that I'll be full of enthusiasm when we're back and will be blogging with a bang.Sadly none of that happened and my page showed the same post for over a week now.I decided to buck up and make/bake something as I was getting restless without blogging/baking.

Remember this review of Anjum Anand's cookbook?Well,I had bookmarked this recipe from her book to try soon.Only thing,I had not read through the recipe and assumed it was a butter biscuit recipe.Turns out,it is our humble rusk which she mentions as a tea biscuit.No worries,rusk happens to be a favorite here,so I was a happy person,nevertheless.
Indian Style Tea Biscuits
Making rusk is a simple process.Much like the Italian Biscotti,it is twice baked.First you bake a simple vanilla cake.Cut it into thin slices and bake again till it crisps up.Dip in tea and serve.Pure bliss,is what it is.

Indian Style Tea Biscuits
Recipe adapted from Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast


Butter - 90 gms,softened
Caster sugar - 95 gms
Eggs - 2
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp OR caviar of one whole vanilla bean
Flour - 120 gms
Baking powder - 3/4 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Milk - 2 tbsp


Preheat oven to 180C.Grease and line a 7' square tin.
Indian Style Tea Biscuits 
Beat together butter and sugar till soft and fluffy.
Indian Style Tea Biscuits 
Beat in one egg at a time and mix in the vanilla.
Indian Style Tea Biscuits 
Sift together flour,baking powder and salt and mix it in and beat till you get a smooth batter.
Indian Style Tea Biscuits 
Add milk and give a final mix.
Indian Style Tea Biscuits 
Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Let the cake cool in the tin for 10-15 minutes.
Indian Style Tea Biscuits 
Remove the lining and cut the cake into 3 vertically and then further into 2' slices.Keep the slices cut side down on a tray and bake again for 30-35 minutes on 170C or until dark brown and crisp.
Store in an airtight container.
Indian Style Tea Biscuits
  • The original recipe calls for spicing up the biscuit with cardamom or ginger,I chose Vanilla.
  • The biscuit tastes delicious plain but I was itching to add some dried fruit or nuts or tutti frutti.


  1. Love Rusk any day,it's a must have in my kitchen to have wid my morning tea ...looks nice..never attempted though..

  2. This looks such a perfect rusk!! We used to call these cake rusks, the sweeter cousin of the "dry, only-for patients" rusk!...loved them to the core.....saving ur recipe!!

  3. rusk and tea are perfect for evenings ! thanks for the recipe !

  4. I never knew that rusk was double baked vanilla cake.. Looks yummmm with that cuppa chai :)

  5. Omg, love love this rusk, my all time favourite.

  6. I love sweet rusk very much :) :)
    Perfectly baked :)

  7. Lovely, never made this before...

  8. Can we replace egg in this recipe with milk or curd?

  9. rusk and chai is an evergreen combo for us, any time of the day.


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