As it is ANZAC day today in Australia I thought it would be fitting to honour our fellow Aussies by making a batch of traditional anzac biscuits. These biscuits were originally made and by the wives of World War 1 soldiers and sent as care packages, giving soldiers a tasty reminder of home. These days however they are adored by kids and adults alike and they go down very well with a cup of tea or glass of cold milk.
There are a variety of recipes for anzac biscuits around however most tend to stick to the traditional ingredients which are oats, flour, coconut, sugar, butter, golden syrup and bicarb soda (these are all pantry staple items for most people which makes these biscuits even more appealing). Recipes do vary in the amount of butter and golden syrup used, giving biscuits either a crunchy texture or making them soft and chewy.
I used a Donna Hay recipe that I’ve made loads of times, for me this recipe has a good amount of crunch (which is perfect for tea dunking) while still being chewy in the centre.
1c (90g) rolled oats
1c (150g) plain flour
1/3c (150g) caster sugar
3/4c (60g) desicated coconut
2tbs golden syrup
125g unsalted cooking butter
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
2tbs hot water
Preheat oven to 160°C (320ºF) and prepare your trays by covering them with baking paper. Mix the oats, flour, sugar and coconut in a bowl and set aside. Place the golden syrup and butter in a saucepan over low heat and melt. Once the butter mixture has melted mix the bicarbonate of soda with the water and add, it should make the butter mixture foam. Add this to the dry ingredients and mix well. Place tablespoons of the mixture, onto the lined baking trays and flatten to about 5-7cm in diameter, leaving space for the biscuits to spread. Bake for 8–10 minutes or until a deep brown. Cool on trays for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
These biscuits are so easy to whip up and are great to make with kids too as they can help to shape and flatten them (getting their hands in the mixture is the fun part), and they make the perfect snack or picnic treat.