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.
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.