Today is ANZAC Day. The day that we remember the Australian & New Zealand Army Corp landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula on this day 95 years ago. Of course we also pay tribute to all of those who have fought for our country since that time. I think the history of the ANZACS is almost core to the shaping of the way Australians view themselves today, particularly the values that we hold dear when describing ourselves as a nation such as mateship and loyalty.
My 6 year old has been pretty interested in the topic since they had a little service at their school on Friday, so in giving a little history lesson, I thought it would be fun to make some Anzac biscuits.
Always a little messy with 3 kids helping, but such an easy recipe that it didn’t take long.

A little history lesson regarding the ANZAC bicky….. The women of Australia were concerned for the nutrition of the Aussie men during World War 1. The problem was that any food they sent to the fighting men had to be carried in very slow ships which had no refrigeraters, so any food sent had to remain edible for months. Originally a Scottish recipe, this biscuit contained items that did not readily spoil and with plenty of nutritional value. It was renamed the ANZAC biscuit after the Gallipoli landing. Many groups like the CWA, churches, school groups and women’s organisations devoted a great deal of time to the making of these biscuits.

To make some of your own –
(the chewy soft kind)
  • 1 cup (150g) plain flour
  • 1 cup (90g) rolled oats
  • 1 cup (85g) Ward McKenzie desiccated coconut
  • 3/4 cup (155g) brown sugar
  • 125g butter
  • 2 tbs golden syrup
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tbs water

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C. Line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Sift the flour into a large bowl. Stir in the oats, coconut and brown sugar.

  2. Put the butter, golden syrup and 2 tbs water in a small saucepan. Stir over a medium heat until melted. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda.

  3. Pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture and stir until combined.

  4. Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls. Place on the trays, about 5cm apart.

  5. Press with a fork to flatten slightly. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

  6. Set aside on the trays for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack so it cools completely.

Game of two up anyone?
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  1. says

    What a special time you have shared with your littlies. We are so quick to say "lest we forget" but you as a wonderful Mummy are actually making sure that doesn't happen. Bravo!! :)

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