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Zwieback Crackers - what & where r they?

anneelsberry's picture

(post #30690, reply #1 of 14)

Zwieback are the twice baked cookies that are usually given to babies for teething on and are similar to plain biscotti or mandelbrot without the almonds.  They're sometimes called rusks.  You can probably find them on the baby food aisle of your market.  Otherwise I would probably substitute graham crackers, since they are slightly sweet.

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Glenys's picture

(post #30690, reply #2 of 14)

They look like mini loaf slices of dried white bread. They're not sweet or salty. What you'd replace them with depends on the use. They can be crushed and used for crumb crusts (cheesecake) or coatings (panko would be an option). My supermarket carries them in the import aisle with German pickles etc.

butterscotch's picture

(post #30690, reply #3 of 14)

You might also try the area of the cookie section in your supermarket where all of the "plain" cookies are grouped (i.e., the ones you would want to use for crumb crusts--graham crackers, vanilla wafers, chocolate wafers). That's where our local market puts zweibacks.

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(post #30690, reply #4 of 14)

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Zwie back

Twice baked - neither a cracker nor a cookie. Neither salty nor sweet.

In my nearest grocers, they're kept with the breadsticks and similar products - near the salads.

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(post #30690, reply #5 of 14)

Actually, about on a par with carboard IMHO.

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ehBeth's picture

(post #30690, reply #6 of 14)

Oh my.

Rusks, zwieback, breadsticks - love 'em all - as long as no one's tried to add flavourings to them. Gotta be simple.

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Jean's picture

(post #30690, reply #7 of 14)

I grew up with rusks. You either slathered one with butter and then loaded it with strawberry jam or you broke it up in a bowl, poured milk and sugar on it and ate it like cereal. I prefered the first.

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evelyn's picture

(post #30690, reply #8 of 14)

BUT, if you have access to a Greek grocery and can purchase Cretan Barley rusks then you can make what I had for dinner, which is as near perfection (for my simple tastes) as I have come...

The barley rusks are quite large and 1, with the accompanying 'receipt' makes a hugely, satisfying meal.

Quickly run the rusk under tap to start it softening. Centre it into a deep bowl.

Grate 2 medium, lovely tomato-tasting tomatoes on the largest holes of a box grater into a bowl (the skin of the tomato gets left behind and only the grated flesh passes through). Generously salt the fresh tomato puree and add lots of freshly-cracked, coarse ground, black pepper, a healthy pinch of Mediterranean oregano, a drizzle of evoo and a few drops (literally) of red-wine vinegar (or balsamic). Mix and spoon over rusk, pooling around sides. Allow rusk to sit in its tomato bath for about 5 minutes (to soften slightly).

Crumble a generous piece of feta over top, sprinkle on some more oregano and enjoy!

Parts of the rusk are still hard and crisp (especially the crust), while other parts have softenend and become a most excellent bread salad.

This is called 'DAko' and is one of the many things I love about Crete. :-)


Edited 4/2/2005 4:54 pm ET by evelyn

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deejeh's picture

(post #30690, reply #9 of 14)

OMG, that sounds like perfection.  I so envy you "tomato"-tasting tomatoes - we're months away from anything like that.


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dixie1's picture

(post #30690, reply #10 of 14)

Or poker chips.

Kris0194's picture

Zwieback crackers (post #30690, reply #11 of 14)

Hi Ladies,  OK so, I live in Houston Texas and I would like to know what stores carry these crackers. I have a few wonderful recipes  to make with the crackers. Antique recipes from the 30's. We have  Kroger, Fiesta, HEB, Randalls,  Target and Walmart, oh and Whole Food Market too.   Any one, ?    Thanks

Gretchen9's picture

You might just have to go (post #30690, reply #12 of 14)

You might just have to go look. And you might look on the baby aisle as well as the cracker aisle. I know your HEB stores are huge. YOu could call them.

Pielove's picture

zwieback (post #30690, reply #13 of 14)

Hi there-- Sorry, no help on Houston shopping but your wonderful antique recipes have me intrigued!  What are you going to make?

By the way, I googled zwieback recipes and found this post from King Arthur Flour from 2009 stating that zwieback are no longer made-- at least not by Nabisco.  She has a clone recipe that looks rather tasty:

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2009...

Good luck!

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Pielove's picture

a shopping hint... (post #30690, reply #14 of 14)

I was loading up on groceries at my favorite market here in Chicago and I saw zwieback on sale!  Looks like they were made in Germany-- so in Houston, I suggest looking in the German/European section.  

Any luck?  So I could make your wonderful antique recipes.... (sigh.)

pie

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