It’s ANZAC day today and in my small way I thought I’d commerate it by sharing with you one of our traditional recipes. Australia doesn’t have a lot of traditional foods, but ANZAC biscuits are one. Why ANZAC biscuits? Good question, it seems there are a few different anwers to that question. Either soldiers on the front made the biscuits themselves out of their rations or family at home made them as part of care packages as they keep well for long periods. Either way they are now linked to the ANZAC soldiers and ANZAC day. Enjoy yours with a good strong cup of billy tea.
This version is taken from the Taste website:
- 1 cup (150g) plain flour
- 1 cup (90g) rolled oats
- 1 cup (85g) Ward McKenzie desiccated coconut
- 3/4 cup (155g) brown sugar
- 125g butter
- 2 tbs golden syrup
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- Preheat the oven to 160°C. Line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Sift the flour into a large bowl. Stir in the oats, coconut and brown sugar.
- Put the butter, golden syrup and 2 tbs water in a small saucepan. Stir over a medium heat until melted. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda.
- Pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture and stir until combined.
- Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls. Place on the trays, about 5cm apart.
- Press with a fork to flatten slightly. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
- Set aside on the trays for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack so it cools completely