For Jim. Always in my heart and in my thoughts. Forever young.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Some say that they started as biscuits made by the Troops in the trenches with provisions they had at hand to relieve the boredom of their battle rations. And some say they came about due to resourcefulness of the women on the "home front" in an endeavour to make a treat for their loved ones that would survive the long journey by post to the war front. And here is how to make them.
Ingredients •1 cup plain flour •1 cup rolled oats (regular oatmeal) uncooked •1 cup desiccated coconut •1 cup brown sugar •1/2 cup butter •2 tbsp golden syrup (or honey) •1 tsp bicarbonate of soda •2 tbsp boiling water
Method •Combine the flour (sifted), oats, coconut and sugar in a bowl. •Melt the butter and Golden Syrup (or honey) in a saucepan over a low heat.. •Mix the bicarbonate of soda with the water and add to the butter and Golden Syrup. •Pour the liquids into the dry ingredients and mix well. •Spoon dollops of mixture, about the size of a walnut shell, onto a greased tin leaving as much space again between dollops to allow for spreading. •Bake in a moderate oven, 180C / 350F, for 15-20 minutes. •Cool on a wire rack and seal in airtight containers
Tips •The American tablespoon is a little smaller than the British tablespoon, so be generous with your Golden Syrup (or Honey) and Water. •If you have any thoughts of keeping the biscuits for any length of time I suggest you keep them in a padlocked container! For a little variety you may wish to add 2 teaspoons of ginger spice Mmmm, ANZAC Biscuits
I wish to thank two of my Australian friends, K and H for this recipe. I can’t wait to try it.