Anzac biscuits are very Australian. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought in the First World War, and it is believed that Anzac biscuits were first made for food parcels sent to the troops on the front line – but this may be an urban myth.
Not only very easy to make, they are divine.
Ingredients you will need
- One cup of rolled oats (regular sized oats, uncooked)
- One cup of plain flour
- 3/4 cup of dessicated coconut
- 3/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 cup of butter or substitute
- 2 tablespoons of golden syrup (no substituting please)
- 3 tablespoons of boiling water
- 1 teaspoon bi-carb soda
What to do
Preheat oven to 150 – 170 degrees C depending on whether you have a slow or fast oven.
Combine all the dry ingredients: the sifted flour, rolled oats, coconut and brown sugar and mix together.
In a small saucepan, heat the butter and golden syrup without burning the butter until the butter is melted. Add the hot water and stir. Remove from heat and add the bi-carb. Watch it fizz (this is the exciting part).
Pour the liquid immediately into the dry ingredients and mix until combined. With a tablespoon, make balls of mixture and place on a baking tray which has been lined with non-stick baking paper. Make sure they are not too close together as they spread during cooking.
Cook in the oven for about 10 to 12 minutes or until the biscuits are golden. Keep a watch as they cook because they can go from golden to burnt very quickly.
Allow to cool by keeping small children and dogs at bay. If you manage to keep any for more than a day, keep in a well-sealed container preferably with a lock on it!
Here’s a tip
Bi-carb soda is an essential ingredient for Anzac biscuits, but it is also an amazing, safe cleaning agent. Read about some of the ways that you can use bi-carb soda and help protect our environment.