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Published April 19th 2021
Get baking with your kids
ANZAC Day is a special time of year for all Australians and New Zealanders, as we remember the people who have fought for our freedom and continue to do so. One tradition is to make the oat biscuit that we call ANZAC biscuits, to share and eat on the day. According to the Australian War Memorial website, ANZAC biscuits were made during wartime as they were a long-life substitution for bread. The original recipe didn't have coconut, like we see today, and they were rock-hard - many soldiers actually turned them into porridge.
The recipe below, is one modern recipe (using coconut) for the ANZAC biscuit, that our family makes on the day - and all year around! They are fun and easy to make with your kids and they are guaranteed to love them. Parents - ensure you save one for yourself to have with a cuppa later. It is hard to stop at one!
I recommend that you weigh the margarine, as this makes a difference to the end result. If you add too much margarine, however, and it is too runny, then just add more flour. If you don't add enough margarine, and it is too dry, then just add more water.
Don't be tempted to take them off the tray when they are warm. They need to cool on the tray to completely harden, otherwise, they are too soft and fall apart.
ANZAC Day is a good day to teach your children about how lucky we are to live in our beautiful country and to honour those who made it possible. If your kids like to get crafty, why not make an ANZAC wreath for your door - see here for step-by-step instructions.
Enjoy celebrating and honouring ANZAC Day with your kids! If you have more ideas on ways to celebrate ANZAC Day with your kids, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this article so that others can read them too. The more ideas, the better!