ANZAC biscuits

11 Jan


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Okay, okay, I know it’s not ANZAC day, but this morning after my run I just fancied baking. I know PD’s had a stressful week, so I wanted to bake him something for his return home to go with his new coffee beans, I wanted something that I could make enough of to share with my housemates, and I wanted something that I could whip up really quickly without having to go to the shops to buy any more ingredients. Not too much to ask really.

One of my new years’ resolutions is to learn more about the world – both current affairs and historical ones – so this was the perfect opportunity to learn a bit about WWI.

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, and although ANZAC day now celebrates all the many brave men and women who fight for our countries, historically it celebrated the Gallipoli disaster of WWI. In April 1915, the ANZAC troops (including British and French forces) landed in Gallipoli under the suggestion by Churchill that this may weaken Germany, and also allow the allied powers (Britain, France and Russia) to take hold of the port of Constantinople which in turn would allow help to be sent to Russia who appeared to be struggling a bit. Sadly the weather was not on their side, and the troops landed on a very narrow stretch of beach which was surrounded by cliffs on all sides. The troops were sitting ducks for the Turkish fire.

Despite major losses and constant woundings, the ANZACs kept pushing through for eight months. Eight months! What always seems to shine through in all of the historical accounts of the time that I read is the incredible attitude of the Australian and New Zealand troops. Even though they lost ~10,000 men, they kept in good spirits and supported one another until the order came to retreat (and apparently even then they didn’t want to retreat, because they felt that they had lost so much already that they didn’t want to leave until they had won).

So, on a lighter note, where do the biscuits come in??! The aussies and the kiwis back at home are thought to have sent these biscuits to the troops because the ingredients don’t spoil easily. I can imagine that they were most gratefully received. Although ANZAC day is in April, I’m sure no one would complain if you needed to do a practise run through in January……….they represent something special, and on top of that they taste very, very good.

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Recipe (from taste.com.au, with a little modification)

  • 1 1/4 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 150g margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Preheat oven to 170C (fan)

Place the margarine and syrup into a pan and heat over a low heat until it melts together.

In the meantime, mix the flour, oats, sugar and coconut in a large bowl until combined.

Take the pan off the heat when the margarine is all melted, and mix well. In a small dish, mix the bicarbonate of soda with 1.5 tbsp water, and add to the pan. Stir well with a wooden spoon. 

Add the margarine/syrup mixture to the dry ingredients until well combined, shape tablespoonfuls into small patty-like shapes and place on some grease proof paper on a baking tray.

Bake in the oven for 12 minutes, and leave to cool on the baking tray.

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One Response to “ANZAC biscuits”

  1. thecookingchook January 11, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    Anzac biccies are awesome any time of the year! YUM!

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