This post is about The Anzac Biscuit. It's become popular yummy nibble for most occasions in many households since the Great War and it seems a good time to share the recipe with you. Originally they were hard biscuits that wouldn't spoil in transportation and were (reasonably) nutritious for the Diggers. I haven't made the home baked variety for ages but I did make many batches a few years ago and here is the perfected version (in my view - be it ere so 'umble). ;-)
I made two batches this morning and sent some off to the working bee at the local Estuary where the Friends are weeding like crazy to give the natural grasses some space and get rid of dumped rubbish. Sometimes I'm very ashamed of my fellow humans. Anyway, here's how...
Note: it's important to stick to quantities for the "perfect" biscuit. It's the balance of ingredients that I worked at getting just right. The cups and tablespoons are different from US measures. A cup here is 250ml and the Tablespoon is 20ml so you might make your own measures first.
1 cup plain flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats. Make it a scant cup.
3/4 cup dessicated coconut, also a bit mean.
1/2 cup sugar
2 T/spoons Golden Syrup.
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda.
1 T/spoon boiling water, be generous and let it spill a bit...
Combine oats, sifted flour, sugar and coconut.
Place butter and golden syrup in a saucepan over a gentle heat and stir to combine as they melt.
Mix the soda and boiling water and quickly add to the butter mixture.
(Woohoo, I love how it froths - this is the best part, except for eating them).
Stir into the dry ingredients. It makes a sticky but loose mixture.
Place pressed shapes onto an oiled or baking papered tray using a spoon to form the shapes - a soup spoon is a good size. Allow room for some spreading.
Cook in a slow oven for 20 mins. I bake them at 160C fan-forced. A conventional oven will be a bit higher.
Loosen while warm, then cool on wire trays. I get about 25 from this recipe but you could make them smaller if you wish.
Well there's a little culinary caper which I hope you'll try and enjoy. Do let me know if you decide to pop some in the oven. I'll be over for a cuppa and watch the look on your face.