About Beskuitblik



My name is Brenda Smit and I’m born and bred in South Africa. My family and I moved to the Netherlands in 1998. Cooking and baking has always been my passion and my family and friend’s love for my rusks encouraged me to bake more.

My passion for baking rusks has always been a family affair. My grandfather, the minister of a church in Molteno in the Eastern Cape, encouraged one of his church members to enter her rusk recipe in a competition. She won this competition and to this day her famous rusks are still sold in South Africa.

I use my mother and mother-in-law’s well tried recipes. My mother-in-law also supplied rusks to shops that sell homemade goodies and thankfully she let me in on the secret of baking in bulk.

I obtained a diploma in Sociale Hygiëne from Stichting Horeca Onderwijs to make it possibly to turn my hobby into a business.

Got your own recipe or special wishes? Contact me.


Curious about the origin and history of rusks? Read the story here…



The Beskuitblik

When I was growing up, my mother kept the rusks in a vintage cookie tin that was decorated with red roses. The Beskuitblik has a very special place in my heart as my Dad, an avid gardener, loves roses and my mom made sure that the Beskuitblik was always filled with rusks.

When I visit my parents in winter my dad still brings me coffee and rusks in bed. In summer we sit outside and enjoy the beautiful view of the Great Brak River, with a cup of coffee and rusks.

Like many South African families, we are spread out across the world. We were lucky enough to be together at Christmas in 2009. As an Christmas gift I gave each of my 3 sisters an apron with a picture of the Beskuitblik printed on. This picture has given me the idea to use it as a logo and name.  


Brenda (left) and her sisters