Heritage pulls up a chair at the kitchen table
On impulse, I turned this week’s experimental free form baking - red chile pepper spiced, vegan, gluten free corn bread - into rusks.
They are great for dipping in a pool of olive oil. Super more-ish.
Yes it seems that, without deliberation, I am channeling the old country ancestry.
Rusks are sometimes called twice baked bread. They are a way to preserve bread. Rusks are useful road food for long journeys. Or for those of us who enjoy crunchy, crispy mouth-feel to foods.
In this case I baked the cornbread in a standard electric oven, When cool, sliced it into pieces, laid these out on a baking rack and let the dry Chihuahuan Desert air do the rest over a period of around 36 hours. If one lives in a more humid climate, one could use a dehydrator, or an oven on low, for a few hours or until desired dehydration is reached.