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The ANZAC (Biscuit) Story

 - by lexie

April 25th is a national holiday in Australia, marking the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during World War I. Hence, the word ANZAC coming from Australian and New Zealand Army Corps

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ANZAC biscuits (Americans may call them more cookie-like, but in Australia we call them biscuits) have always been associated with the Australian and New Zealand soldiers fighting in the war. It is said that the soldiers’ mothers, wives and girlfriends back in their homeland would bake batches of the biscuits and send them overseas knowing they would keep for a long period of time until they reached their loved ones fighting the war. The women back home also knew that their men would not be receiving any food of nutritional value so would bake up treats such as these biscuits to help with energy levels.

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ANZAC Biscuits

(Recipe from the Australian

Women’s Weekly Biscuits and Slices recipe book)

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup coconut
  • 4oz butter
  • 2 Tbsp golden syrup (or honey)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp boiling water
  1. Combine oats, sifted flour,

    sugar and coconut in a large mixing bowl.

  2. Combine butter and golden syrup in a small saucepan and stir gently over low heat until butter is melted
  3. Mix baking soda with boiling water, add to melted butter mixture and stir into dry ingredients.
  4. Place tablespoonfuls of mixture on lightly greased baking trays, allow room for spreading.
  5. Cook for 20 minutes at 350F. Loosen on tray and let cool.

The biscuits will be hard and crunchy. For a softer result, decrease cooking time and remove from tray immediately after baking.

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The recipe above calls for golden syrup. Only recently, after living in the U.S for almost 5 years have I been able to track down real golden syrup at the store. I actually found it in the British section at Fresh & Easy! In the past I have substituted honey for the golden syrup and that has worked well too, the end result will just be a little lighter in color and not so ‘golden’ :-)

My Mum has used this recipe for as long as I can remember. ANZAC biscuits were usually a staple snack (and a popular one at that) for basketball roadtrips and camps. One reason I would take a big container to week-long camps? My were can i order a real viagra Mum knew they would keep well without needing special storage instructions ;-)

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