Anzac biscuits

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During World War I these hardy biscuits were sent to Australian troops serving overseas.

ANZAC biscuits.
Traditional ... ANZAC biscuits.

Ingredients

1 cup plain flour

1 cup rolled oats

3/4 cup desiccated coconut

3/4 cup caster sugar

125 g butter

1 tbsp golden syrup

1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tbsp boiling water

Method

Preheat oven to slow 150C. Brush 2 oven trays with melted butter or oil. Place flour, oats, coconut and sugar in a large mixing bowl, stir until combined.

Combine butter and golden syrup in small pan, stir over high heat until melted. Mix soda with boiling water, add to melted butter and syrup. Add to flour mixture, stir until combined.

Shape level tablespoonsful of mixture into balls and flatten slightly; place onto prepared trays, about 6 cm apart.

Bake 15–20 minutes or until crisp and golden. Remove from oven, stand 2 minutes.

Loosen biscuits and cool on wire rack.

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  • Cuisine - Modern Australian
  • Course - Snacks, Lunchbox
  • Occasion - Anzac Day

3 reviews so far

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great recipe thanks - but it's only a myth that these were sent to troops in World War 1. The Australian War Memorial explains it here:http://www.awm.gov.au/blog/2008/04/22/anzac-biscuits/ .
    My grandmother thought they were popular because eggs were rationed. Who knows? Keep baking though. They are delicious.

    Commenter
    MsDuffy
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    April 25, 2014, 12:10PM
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      MsDuffy, your statement is factually incorrect.

      Go to the link you provided and read what it says again - it talks about not confusing ANZAC biscuits with a different biscuit provided to troops - sometimes called an ANZAC wafer.

      You seem to be confusing biscuits provided by the military, with biscuits baked by family at home and sent to loved ones stationed overseas. It was ANZAC biscuits they made and sent because it's a hardy biscuit that withstood the length of time to travel and was still edible when it arrived.

      I say this with respect, go and learn about the history of the ANZAC biscuit before making statements that attempt to revise history - especially when the source you provide to back up your statement actually says nothing of the sort.

      Commenter
      TYoung
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      April 25, 2014, 2:57PM
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    As someone who makes this biscuits a lot, I find that brown sugar gives a far more superior result than white sugar whether it's fine or plain.
    As for the dispute over myths versus legends : all I know is this, every woman was encouraged to make some sort of contribution to the boys over there. They didn't need much encouragement, as every family was impacted in some way. Socks were knitted, as were scarves and all sorts, fruit cakes and the ANZAC bikkies were very popular as they kept and travelled well. Defence personnel received tins from home, often through the Red Cross that contained the gifts from home as well as tobacco, pencils and paper. Often these tins would have encouraging letters from the homefront. These letters were a great comfort, especially to young lads who may not have had a girlfriend, or worse - an orphan - with no one to write to them.
    My great great uncles had grown up very poor and wrote home about how amazing this was, as in their own words, "they'd never had as many pairs of socks at one time" in their lives".

    Commenter
    Robyn
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    Date and time
    April 26, 2014, 8:16PM

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