For Khashifah Sidat, it was never too late to follow her dream of a career in baking…

Khashifah Sidat

When Khashifah Sidat was 34 years old she decided it was time to pursue the one thing she had always wanted to do and that was have a career in baking. So she signed up with Capsicum’s Culinary Studio’s Boksburg campus and enrolled for their pastry course.

Five years later and Sidat (39), who lives in Ravenswood, Boksburg, has her own catering business which she runs via her Instagram account @pastry_by_hatice.

In addition to fulfilling orders and cooking for her children, Sidat is also a part-time seamstress, but she took some time out of her busy day to sit down and chat about her journey so far over a cup of tea and a plate of her homemade healthy bran rusks.

Finally, your homemade rusks are absolutely delicious. Would you mind sharing the recipe?

Sure, here you go …

Khashifah’s Healthy Bran Rusks

Khashifah’s Healthy Bran Rusks…
(The perfect tea dippers)

Ingredients
500 g butter
1½ cups brown sugar
3 cups all bran flakes, crushed
2 cups digestive bran
1 kg self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup pecans, chopped
2 eggs
500ml inkomaas

Method
Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
Place sugar and butter in a pot on a medium stove and stir till sugar is dissolved and butter has melted
Place the all bran flakes, digestive bran, flour, baking powder and pecans into a bowl and
mix well.
Place the inkomaas in a small bowl and beat in the two eggs
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well with a spatula.
Place into a tray lined with baking paper (I use a rusk tray) and press the mix to level out.
Bake for 35 mins or until golden.
Remove from oven and cool. Cut into slices and place back into a 160°C degree oven to dry out until crisp (about 30mins).

Even more delicious when dunked into a cup of tea or coffee!

Read more about The Capsicum Culinary Studio – CLICK HERE

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