Anzac Day Biscuits

Anzac Day is a New Zealand public holiday which falls on 25 April, marking the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers at Gallipoli in 1915.  It is commemorated by military and returned servicemen with a dawn service at a local war memorial, joined by other members of the community. 

In the lead up to the day, the public wear a red poppy as a symbol of remembrance.

Another tradition is to bake Anzac biscuits on the day.  According to the National Army website there were no Anzac biscuits at Gallipolli, although the troops did eat a 'rock hard tooth breaker' which was a standard Army biscuit.  The majority of Anzac biscuits as we know them today were sold at fetes and fundraisers, raising 6.5 million pounds for the war effort.

I love Anzac biscuits.  They are similar to the oat 'crunchies' that my mum baked for me as a child.  Here is a simple Anzac biscuit recipe.

1 cup plain flour
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
1.75 cups rolled oats
0.5 cup raw sugar
0.25 cup soft brown sugar
1 cup desicated coconut
125g butter, cubed
0.25 cup golden syrup
2tsb water
1tsp baking soda

1.  Preheat oven to 150'C
2.  Line a baking tray with baking parchment
3.  In a medium sized bowl, sift flour & cinnamon.  Add rolled oats, sugars and desicated       coconut and mix well.

Anzac Day Biscuits

4.  Melt butter, syrup and water in a saucepan and stir over low heat until combined.

Anzac Day Biscuits

5.  Removed from heat and add baking soda.  Add immediately to the dry ingredients and       combine using a wooden spoon.
6.   Place on a tray and bake for 16-20 mins.


Anonymous said…
Yummy biscuits. I'll be eating those for sure on ANZAC day.

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