Bolletje Real Rusks Dutch rusks with muisjes

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Dutch rusks with muisjes Beschuit met muisjes lit: "Dutch rusks with little mice" is the traditional food served to celebrate the birth of a baby in the Netherlands.


Many people will admit to eating it daily because there is always a birth to celebrate somewhere! This is a great way to start the day, with a little crunchy anise for breakfast.

Rusks are a round airy double baked bread. To eat a rusk you spread it with butter and sprinkle the muisjes on top. Muisjes are sugared aniseed balls.


The name ‘muisjes’ was derived from their resemblance to the shape of a mouse, with the stem of the anise seed resembling a tail, as well as the fact that the mouse was seen as a fertility symbol. You ca see a slight 'tail' on the seed at 3 o'clock.
While eating beschuit met muisjes dates back to the 17th century only the upper class could afford the actual muisjes. Most people celebrated using sugar (which at the time was still not cheap) to top the bread.
At that time the white muisjes were for a boy. At some point pink and white were mixed and used for all births. It was not until 1990 that a blue and white mixture was created.
It was thought that the anise was good for the mother’s milk, that it would ease the contractions in the womb, and that it would drive away evil spirits.
Beschuit are similar to rusks but a little softer. In the United Kingdom they are sold as Tesco Dutch crisp bakes.

Bolletje Real Rusks are no ordinary rusks. They date back to 1867, when the Ter Beek family baked them for the very first time. Over the years, the product and packaging have been constantly updated and the Bolletje rusks of
today are a little thicker, and therefore lighter, than the average.


The Bolletje Wholemeal Rusk is more than 25 years old and has developed over the years into a delicious wholemeal rusk, which is prepared with free-range eggs and has a crispy bite. Like the Real Rusks, the Wholemeal Rusks have a notch too, making every rusk easy to remove from the packet.





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