anzac biscuits …

after this morning’s dawn service, my mum decided to make anzac biscuits.  anzac biscuits are sweet biscuits popular in australia and new zealand. they have long been associated with the australian and new zealand army corps (anzac) established in ww1.

the recipe was in today’s city newspaper, the advertiser.

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour, sifted
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup coconut
125g butter
2 tbsp golden syrup
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp boiling water

* my mum made the anzac biscuits gluten-free by substituting the rolled oats with quinoa and the plain flour with gluten-free plain flour *

1) combine oats, flour, sugar and coconut. combine butter and golden syrup, stir over gentle heat until melted.
2) mix bicarbonate of soda with boiling water, add to melted butter mixture, stir into dry ingredients.
3) take teaspoonfuls of mixture and place on lightly greased oven trays – allow room for spreading.
4) cook in slow oven – 150c for 20 minutes. loosen while still warm, then cool on trays.

makes 35. preparation time – 10 minutes; cooking time – 20 minutes

“anzac biscuits are a powerful reminder of an event that is regarded as one of australia’s pivotal moments as a nation. they also signify women’s input to the war effort on the home front. importantly, anzac biscuits link generations of grandmothers, mothers and daughters. the story of the origin of anzac biscuits may never be “uncovered” or definitively explained. their importance is the role they play in commemorating anzac day and because of this, anzac biscuits can indeed be regarded as a culinary memorial.” ~ sian supski


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