Anzac biscuits

Posted on: March 20th, 2011 by admin 1 Comment

For those who don’t know, on the 25th April we remember and honour the tens of thousands of servicemen and women in the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps who fought and died in Gallipoli, in an ill-fated push against the Turks during World War I.  These cookies were were made by families of soldiers and were sent overseas in care packages, because they kept well, hence the name.

It’s hard to find golden syrup everywhere, so apologies to those who can’t find it (because it’s delicious, not because you can’t still make this recipe – you can!)  My wonderful friend brought me a big jar from Aus and I’ve been craving a good Anzac biccie for months.  This is a great recipe you can have chewy or crunchy, either way the deep caramelized flavor is amazing.

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 125g butter, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp golden syrup (or treacle or thick corn syrup)
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350ºF). Line 2 baking trays with baking paper or a silpat.

Sift the flour into a large bowl, then stir in the oats, coconut and sugar.

Place butter, water and golden syrup in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until melted. Remove from heat and add bicarb soda (the mixture might become frothy).  Add immediately to flour mixture and stir until well combined.

Roll mixture into walnut sized balls and place on baking tray. Flatten with a fork allowing room for biscuits to spread a little more while baking. Bake for 12 to 18 minutes (depending on you desired level of crispness we do 15), or until biscuits are golden.  They will get crunchier as they cool. If you want even more crisp cookies, add an extra Tbsp of golden syrup and less water to the liquid mix and proceed as usual.  These cookies are highly enhanced by the addition of 1/2 cup of chopped macadamia nuts.

Song for this recipe:

“Heroes” – David Bowie

Heroes - Heroes

I don’t know if I need to explain Bowie to anyone, or can.  If you aren’t too familiar with Dave, you should take the time and get familiar.  The English rock star is known as quite the innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970′s.  His voice is distinctive, his work is intellectual and I like him because he seems to live a weird, wild, wacky life with integrity (who knows).  I am sure he and I would be friends, though I have thought this since I was a child, 136 million albums sold means there must be others like me.


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