Anzac Biscuits 100 years on!

Anzac is the term given to troops during the Great War, for the combined service personnel of “Australia” and “New Zealand” troops who were sent to the Gallipoli peninsula in the First World War. This month sees the 100th Anniversary of the Anzacs and their struggle to survive the bombardment and retreat from the peninsula. The horrific conditions and ultimate sacrifice they made for King and country should never be forgotten. And in the going down of the sun we will remember them.

Whilst the Anzacs were at War, the folks back home in New Zealand and Australia were left to join in on the war effort so the Anzac Biscuit was born. It is rumoured that they biscuits were sent to the front line for the boys to eat, in reality the biscuits were actually made for fundraising towards the war effort. They were baked and sold at fetes and galas, even parades…often referred to as “soldiers biscuits” the Patriotic Funds had raised over £6.5 million pounds to support the troops and for two relatively small populations that is a lot of biscuits even by our modern standards.

Anzac biscuits are a biscuit made from rolled oats, coconut, sugar, butter, baking soda and boiling water…if you have ever had one like I have,( maybe a little more than one,) you will know they are a popular and sweet treat. But behind this sweet biscuit there is the story of War, a lost generation of young men, and the devastated families and communities that were left behind to try and recover. As popular as they were 100 years ago the ANAZC biscuit represents much more than a sweet treat, it stands for family, tradition, brothers in arms, fallen comrades and quite literally it is the embodiment of a people who came to the aid of each other when times couldn’t have been worse!

We would love you to try our recipe for the ANZAC biscuit, we are sure you will love it. After all most mums Kiwis and Aussies alike know the recipe off by heart. (Advanced warning though they are perfect for the very sweet toothed!)

ANZAC BISCUITS

  • 1 Cup Plain flour (150 g)
  • 1 Cup rolled oats (90 g)
  • 1 Cup desiccated coconut (85g)
  • ½ Cup brown sugar (100 g) …firmly packed
  • ¼ Cup caster sugar (55 g)
  • 125g butter
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ tablespoon of bicarb soda

 Method…Preheat oven to 160 °C. And line baking tray with non-stick baking paper…

1 )Combine the flour, oats, coconut, and sugar into a mixing bowl

2)Stir butter, golden syrup and water in a small saucepan over medium heat til all the butter melts and the mixture is smooth, then add in the bicarb of soda… Add all the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until all well mixed.

3)Roll level teaspoon full of the mixture in to balls and place approx. 5cm apart on the baking tray as the mixture will spread as it cooks. Bake for about 12 to 15 mins. Once cooked set aside to cool and then on to wire racks.

We do hope that you enjoy our recipe for ANZAC biscuits…After all they are the one of the foods that boosted moral and kept two proud nations battling on. Not only have you got some great sweet treats for friend and family you have a story that is sure to capture the hearts of everyone you have baked for!