With ANZAC Day approaching this Thursday, what better time to make a batch of these delicious biscuits. They are easy to make and kids will love learning to help in the kitchen with these.
If you are making them with children, it's nice to also share some of the history of these biscuits with them too. During WW2, while the soldiers were in the battlefields, their wives/mother/sisters were back home in Australia, keeping the home fires burning, all the while praying for their eventual, safe return.
For the soldiers, life at that time came with little niceties, and the pleasures of home cooking were distant memories. Wanting to send their men something to remind them of the joy and love waiting for them at home, decided to bake biscuits to send to their men on the frontline.
But, most baked goods contain butter and/or eggs - both of which were not easy to obtain with war time shortages, as well as the fact these ingredients would almost certainly spoil between leaving Australia and reaching the battlefields, which at that time was a long and arduous journey.
So was invented the ANZAC Biscuit, baked with love and prayers and packed into a tea tin for keeping fresh.
The ANZAC Biscuit should always be a symbol of the love and comforts of home provided to the all the souls who have, and still are, defending this glorious country for all, and all the generations to come.
Lest we forget.
Ingredients 1 cup plain flour, sifted
¾ cup coconut
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup sugar
½ tsp bicarb soda
2 tbs golden syrup
1 tbs boiling water
1) Add oats, sugar, coconut and flour into a mixing bowl.
2) Gently melt the butter and syrup in a saucepan.
3) Combine bicarb with boiling water and add to the butter mix.
4) Add this to the dry ingredients and stir well to combine.
5) Roll tablespoons of mixture into balls and place approx. 5cm apart on a baking paper lined tray (these spread quite a bit).
6) Press down lightly on each with a fork and bake in a preheated oven (159 degrees Celsius) for 15-20 minutes. Note, the biscuits will feel soft, but if the tops look browned, they're done. They will firm up out of the oven while cooling on a cake cooler.
This recipe will make around 30-40. But remember just how far they used to travel when being sent to the battlefields - these will keep just nicely in a sealed container so you can pop them in lunch boxes or having them with a cup of tea.