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Anzac Biscuits our National Pride
Anzac Biscuits or as some might call them, Oatmeal cookies, are a delicious combination of a sweet, crunchy, buttery oatmeal flavored biscuit. Depending on taste they can be made firm and crisp or with a soft and chewy texture. Combining the perfect balance of oats and coconut, butter and syrup, the biscuits are a welcome addition to any morning or afternoon tea cuppa, and are great to pack for picnics and in school or work lunches.
How did Anzac biscuits get their name?
The sweet biscuit is believed to have originated in World war 1. Created by a team of women who wanted to find a biscuit that could be sent to sustain their men on the front line. The carefully selected ingredients needed to stand up to the rigours of early century transportation without spoiling on the long journey overseas. Hence the name Anzac biscuit was born. Made and sent with love and compassion and dedication from women to their courageous husbands, brothers, uncles and lovers fighting for the war effort. More than just a biscuit, the Anzac biscuit is a true iconic tradition passed down from generation to generation of Australian and New Zealand households
Every year in Australia, Australians celebrate Anzac Day.
What is Anzac day?
The word ANZAC stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp. Considered by many as Australia's most important national occasion it is a National day of pride and a solemn reminder for every Australian/ New Zealand citizen of the courageous battle that took place when in 1915 the Australian and New Zealand troops fought the battle of Galipoli in World War 1.
Declared a public holiday the nation stops on the 25th of April each year to commemorate and honor the soldiers that served and died in military operations fighting for their country at the first landing in Anzac cove. Remembering a significant time in history ceremonies are held across the nation at dawn and marches take place throughout the day to honor the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who served our country and for those who died in the war, and to acknowledge the spirit of ANZAC with it's extraordinary qualities of courage, sacrifice and mate ship. Each year Anzac day sees hotels and Returned Service League clubs around the country come alive and overflow with the families of solders that have fought in the war and patriotic supporters and people whose hearts swell with both pride and gratefulness for the thousands of soldiers who lost their lives in the war effort. Some 8000 courageous men gave their life that day fighting for their country and for peace.
Anzac day is a day worth remembering.
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 125 grams butter, chopped
- 2 tablespoons golden syrup
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
Makes approximately 24 biscuits.
- Turn oven onto 160 to 180 degrees. Lightly spray two baking trays with oil or cover with baking paper.
- In a large bowl mix together sifted flour, oats, coconut and sugar
- Melt the butter and mix in the golden syrup. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in two tablespoons of hot water and add to the butter and syrup mixture and stir into the dried ingredients.
- Roll heaped teaspoons of the mixture into balls and place on the trays leaving about 6cm between each biscuit. Then flatten with a fork.
- Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. After resting for a couple of minutes, place biscuits on wire racks to cool.