I’m going to start on a serious note. Today is a public holiday for us in New Zealand (and over in Australia). We are celebrating ANZAC Day. For those not in these countries, let me quickly explain. ANZAC stands for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps. It’s a national day of rememberance for all those who have served and died in all wars, conflicts and any peacekeeping operations. A day to think on the contribution and suffering of all those who have served. The date was chosen as it was the anniversary of the first landing of the Anzacs in Galipolli. It did not go well, and is seen as a disaster from our countries’ view. While I want to share with you all, a fun little baking post, I don’t want to undercut the importance of this day in my country.
I looked up the history of these cookies on Wiki. Apparently, they were not eaten by soldiers on the frontline, as I was previously told. They were eaten and sold at galas, and other public events to raise money to support the war effort. They were originally called “Soldier’s biscuits” or “ANZAC biscuits”. Traditionally, they are very hard, which helps with their long shelf life. However, the recipe I used makes soft biscuits. If you read the previous baking posts, you’ll know that I prefer soft and chewy biscuits.
So, let’s get baking. You can find the full link to the recipe here.
As always, first, I checked to make sure that I had all the ingredients.
To make 18 cookies, you will need:
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 125g butter
- 2 tbsp golden syrup
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp water
Sift the flour into a bowl. Then add in the oats, coconut and brown sugar and mix it all up.
Next, grab a little pot to throw in the butter, golden syrup and water. Put the stove on a medium heat, and stir until it’s all melted.
Now, stir in the baking soda. I had fun watching the reaction it made.
And mix again.
I let the butter mixture cool for around 5 minutes, before I got bored of waiting and added it to the flour mixture.
Now it’s time to roll them into balls and place on the baking trays. I like to flatten them a little with my hands.
Bake for 10-12 minutes at 160 degrees, or until they are golden brown.
There you go! A quick little themed baking post to commemorate ANZAC Day. Have any of you guys had these biscuits before? If not, I really recommend you try them. If you prefer the soft kind, then use the recipe I used. These came out so perfect and delicious!!