25 April Anzac Day
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served."
Anzac Day is a national public holiday and is considered by many Australians to be one of the most solemn days of the year. Marches by veterans from all past wars, as well as current serving members of the Australian Defence Force and Reserves, are held in cities and towns nationwide.
In my house we bake Anzac biscuits to commemorate the day.
An Anzac biscuit is a sweet biscuit popular in Australia and New Zealand made using rolled oats, flour, coconut, sugar, butter, golden syrup, baking soda and boiling water. Anzac biscuits have long been associated with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) established in World War I.
It has been claimed the biscuits were sent by wives to soldiers abroad because the ingredients do not spoil easily and the biscuits kept well during naval transportation. One notable omission from any Anzac biscuit recipe is that of eggs, because of the scarcity of eggs during the First World War (after most poultry farmers joined the war effort), and so that the biscuits would not spoil when shipped long distances
Lest we forget
Chewy Anzac Biscuits
You Will Need
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons golden syrup
4 tablespoons boiling water
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Line a large tray with baking paper.
- In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, oats and coconut.
- Place butter, syrup, and water in a small saucepan and melt over low heat until ingredients are well incorporated. Remove saucepan from heat and add baking soda - this will foam a little.
- Pour wet ingredients in to the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until it forms a wet, sticky dough. Using a tablespoon, take spoonfuls of mixture and roll them between your hands to form a ball. Place on the baking tray and flatten balls slightly.
- Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown on top and firm at the edges. Allow to cool completely before removing from the tray.
Makes approximately 18 large biscuits