Today is ANZAC day here in Australia and New Zealand; a day set aside to commemorate the soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp who lost their lives in war and to honour returned service men and women. In honour of this special day I have decided to share my Grandma’s traditional ANZAC biscuit recipe.
Originally named Soldier’s Biscuits, ANZAC biscuits, have a long history. First baked by those at home to send to soldiers during World War 1, they are now an Australian favourite. The biscuits had to survive for up to two months and were created with ingredients that would not readily spoil on the long journey but also deliver substantial nutritional value to the soldiers.
The recipe has not changed since they were first made all those years ago and just as well; ANZAC biscuits are sweet, oaty, melt in the mouth delicious. If you can’t find Golden Syrup, try treacle or even maple syrup instead. As a child these where one of my most favourite treats and I still enjoy them today. Big thank you to my lovely Grandma for sharing her ANZAC biscuit recipe; Lest We Forget.
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Makes approximately 18 – 20 biscuits
- ½ cup self-raising flour
- ½ cup plain flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ¾ cup desiccated coconut
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 100g (4 oz) butter
- 2 tbs golden syrup
- ½ tsp bi-carbonate soda
- 2 tbs hot water
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/356°F
Sift the flours into a large bowl; add the remaining dry ingredients and combine well.
In a small saucepan melt the butter over a very low heat; add the syrup and melt through until well combined, remove from heat.
In a small bowl or jug combine the bi-carbonate soda with the hot water, stir to dissolve.
Add the bi-carbonate mixture to the melted butter and golden syrup and combine.
Add the syrup mixture to the dry ingredients and combine well. The mixture should come together easily.
Roll into almond sized balls and space evenly on a baking tray. Press each biscuit down lightly with a fork.
Bake in pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes until biscuits are just starting to brown. Remove from the oven a set aside for 3-4 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool.
Enjoy for morning or afternoon tea; they also make a great addition to your lunchbox. Yum!
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