April 25, 2013

Anzac Biscuits


Today in Australia it's Anzac Day, a day where we remember those who have served and died in war, in particular, Australians and New Zealanders who fought in Gallipoli during World War 1.  It's always been a public holiday I haven't known much about, and I can probably bring that down to two things - pretty poor schooling systems that didn't seem to teach kids too much about history, and the fact I was never interested in history growing up.  Don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't want to know, I hate not knowing world history, I sometimes feel left out.  Art history, on the other hand, that I know lots about, and others generally don't.  So it comes down to me doing my own research, reading books and such, which for me is a mission seeing I have a low attention span.  Currently I've been trying to read graphic design books to learn more, something I love, but even that's proving difficult.


Anyway, I went off track.  When I was in school Anzac Day was always about Anzac biscuits.  We would make them at the school or bring them to school. I have never known the link between the two - actually, I'm just going to google it...


... so the link is the biscuits were apparently made by the wives and transported to the soldiers because the biscuits could keep for a long time without going off.  Well, there you have it.  

I love these biscuits because, yes, the do keep for ages, but because they also such a strong chilhood memory.  Plus they are delicious!


ANZAC BISCUITS
1 cup plain flour
1 cup rolled oats (not instant oats)
1 cup desiccated coconut
3/4 cup caster sugar
125g butter
3 tablespoons golden syrup
1 teaspoon bicarbonate baking soda


Preheat your oven to 160C.  Line two baking trays with baking paper.

Place the flour, oats, coconut and suagr in a large bowl. 

Melt the butter, and add the golden syrup and bicarb.  Mix well, then pour into the oat mix.  Mix the wet and dry ingredients together, then using a tablespoon, scoop up the mixture and using your hands, mould into a ball.  Place on the tray and press slightly with the back of the tablespoon.  Continue until you have them all done.

Place the tray into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden.  The biscuits will harden slightly when cooling.

Makes around 22.

4 comments:

  1. These look DELICIOUS! My kinda thing, for sure. :)

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  2. I love Anzac biscuits - so addictive! These look so perfect and its always extra special when bakes have meaning behind them.

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    1. I agree, I love recipes that are traditional and have a background story to them :)

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  3. These look awesome Natashia. I had never heard of Anzac until I moved to Amsterdam where we seem to have tons of Aussies who are over the moon for this stuff. Will have to try it... i love recipes that take you back to childhood :D

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