Thursday, 4 March 2010

Anzac Biscuits

I’ve always wanted to make these Anzac biscuits and today I decided to make them and restock the cake tin (yes the brownies are all gone). These iconic biscuits were originally made by women during World War I and sent to the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) serving in Gallipoli. These popular sweet biscuits are crunchy and chewy, and made using rolled oats, flour, coconut, sugar, butter, golden syrup, bicarbonate of soda and boiling water. They are traditionally eaten on April 25th, which is Anzac Day but I could easily eat these all year round. I have a feeling they won’t last long and the cake tin will have to be restocked come the weekend!

Anzac Biscuits

Makes 20

85g porridge oats
85g desiccated coconut
100g plain flour
100g caster sugar
100g butter, plus extra butter for greasing
1 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Put the oats, coconut, flour and sugar in a bowl. Melt the butter in a small pan and stir in the golden syrup. Add the bicarbonate of soda to 2 tbsp boiling water, then stir into the golden syrup and butter mixture.
Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the butter and golden syrup mixture. Stir gently to incorporate the dry ingredients.
Put dessertspoonfuls of the mixture on to buttered baking sheets, about 2.5cm/1in apart to allow room for spreading. Bake in batches for 8-10 mins until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.


Snooky doodle said...

oh i ve been meaning to make these for ages. I ll surely try them now :)

Beth Sachs (Jam & Clotted Cream) said...

I've never made them - look v moreish

Lucie said...

I have never heard of these before, they sound lovely and I am sure won't last long in the tin :) Love Lucie x

Unknown said...

They look scrummy. I would give them a go this weekend if I wasn't on a mission to bake every cupcake in the Primrose Bakery cookbook. :0)

Chele said...

Yay! So pleased you've made biscuits from my homeland and enjoyed them ;0)
I love ANZAC's, last ANZAC Day I made one for every person in my office ... I was actually pretty glad to see the back of them in the end hehehehe
We'll have you making lamingtons next ;0)

Hilary said...

I made these for the first time last year - they're one of those recipes that make you wonder how something so simple can taste SO good! Even better, thanks to the oats they're not completely full of empty calories,

Heather said...

These are lovely ANZAC biscuits. Funny, I've lived in both the "dominions" - in Australia they are ANZAC biscuits; the exact same biscuits in S. Africa are called CRUNCHIES.

Unknown said...

Hallo, I stumbled across your blog after googling for Nigella Lawson chocolate orange storecupboard cake. It looks like we have very similar tastes in cookery books! I just bought "A piece of cake" but haven't used it yet. Happy baking!

Petit Filoux said...

Gosh the brownies didn't survive long, they must be very yummy indeed! These look nice too to be honest! Not sure I can justify trying them all out this weekend though!

Reeni said...

I never heard of these Maria. I love oats and coconut in cookies - I bet these are just delicious with a cup of tea. XO

Devon Dainty said...

I spent 10 weeks earlier this year with family in NSW and every evening we would have a cuppa and an Anzac biscuit (bought from Coles Supermarket) - we were hooked. On Anzac Day a recipe was printed in the local newspaper and I cut it out and brought it back home with me. Today I tried that recipe - verdict as good if not better than the shop variety. Very yummy!

Agnieszka said...

Just made them - looking and smelling amazing! I added only half of the sugar in your receipt and love them!
Thank you for posting it:)