Quick Baby Rusks


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This is a quick recipe for baby teething rusks that I've been meaning to share for ages, but just never got around to it

I use the term recipe loosley in this instance ... Ha! Does a recipe with only one ingredient even count as a recipe?

Recipe or not, this little trick turns a humble slice of soft bread into a rock hard rusk that a teething baby will love to gnaw on.

1 year old baby sitting on the floor chewing on a teething rusk
Here's my wee Ezzy gnawing on one, she got her first tooth a week ago!
teething rusks in a jar

I learnt this trick from a colleague of mine, a Dietitian who worked with me in Hospitals well before I had my own kids.

Essentially if you take a piece of bread, microwave it on high and allow it to cool it will become a rock hard rusk.

Best bread for babies

I write about this in my eggy bread recipe, you want to look for a low sodium bread and one with a moderate fibre content.

The steps

two slices of bread on a wooden chooping board, one with the slices removed
Take a piece of bread, remove the crusts then roll flat with a rolling pin, jar or wine bottle
Slice of bread rolled into a sausage, like a pinwheel scroll
Roll the flattened bread into a sausage shape, ie like a pinwheel scroll
Roled slice of bread on a white plate
Place on a clean microwave safe dish and microwave

Other recipes for your baby

First off, if you are specifically looking for a teething recipe, then my sweet potato and and chamomile teething biscuits could be right up your alley. They take a bit more effort to make than these quick baby rusks, but they are a favourite with my readers, and my babies! Otherwise I've got quite a selection of recipes for babies on my site.

3 rusks in a glass jar

Quick Baby Rusks

Yield: 1 rusk
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 3 minutes

A super quick 60-second recipe for hard baby rusks the perfect teething biscuit for babies to gnaw on


  • 1 slice of bread


I've made a quick video for this recipe as well, you will find it on this page.

  1. Remove the crusts from a slice of soft bread
  2. Roll the crustless bread so it is thin and flat, you can use a rolling pin, a jar or a wine bottle
  3. Roll the slice of bread up into a sausage shape
  4. Place on a clean dry microwave-proof dish
  5. Microwave on high for approximately 60 seconds
  6. Remove from the microwave, allow to cool before offering to your baby
  7. You can also store these in an airtight container


  • My microwave is an 1100W microwave, the time for your microwave maybe a little less or a little more
  • This recipe works with white bread, wholemeal bread or whole-wheat bread. A bread with a lot of grains and seeds doesn't work well as the seeds and grains don't do well in the microwave
  • Make sure the dish you cook the rusk on is clean and dry, otherwise you can get some burning if there is small amounts of residual food getting microwaved with the rusk.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 67Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 123mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

Please know this nutrition analysis is based on the ingredients only, this recipe has not been sent to a laboratory for independent testing

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