"Anzac Biscuits - Another Australian Tradition!"
These biscuits are made predominantly from oats, with coconut, sugar and golden syrup added to make them especially tasty.
ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps which was established in World War 1. The biscuits have long been associated with the troops...to find out more read on....
History Of the Biscuit
The Story goes that these biscuits were sent to the Australian and New Zealand soldiers serving overseas during World War 1.
The ingredients were known to travel well and not spoil and even travelled well on naval ships.
Uncle Tobys Oats is another traditionally product here in Australia and it's claimed that the Uncle Tobys Oats were used to send the first biscuits over to the troops. I certainly use the traditional Uncle Tobys Oats to make my biscuits as there is a significant difference in quality V's the private label variety.
Today these biscuits are enjoyed all year round and you'll find them commercially made in the biscuit aisle of the supermarket as well as at cafes around Australia...but nothing beats making your own!
They are particularly popular on Anzac Day, which is a day of remembrance for all those that fought in Gallipoli in Turkey during World War One. It is held on the 25th April and is a public holiday in Australia. You'll find Anzac Biscuits everywhere!
Recipe for Anzac Biscuits
I've tried a few recipes but this is my favourite from www.taste.com.au
1 1/4 cups plain flour, siftedPreheat oven to 170°C. Place the flour, oats, sugar and coconut in a large bowl and stir to combine. In a small saucepan place the golden syrup and butter and stir over low heat until the butter has fully melted. Mix the bicarb soda with 1 1/2 tablespoons water and add to the golden syrup mixture. It will bubble whilst you are stirring together so remove from the heat. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix together until fully combined. Roll tablespoonfuls of mixture into balls and place on baking trays lined with non stick baking paper, pressing down on the tops to flatten slightly. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.
1 cup rolled oats - if you are in Australia use Uncle Tobys traditional Oats
1/2 cup caster sugar
3/4 cup desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons golden syrup or treacle
150g unsalted butter, chopped
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
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