Thursday, April 26, 2012
hungry thursday, mega edition: anzac biscuits
It was ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand yesterday and it felt like my patriotic duty to break out a mixing bowl and make these :)
I don't make biscuits very often - I'm more of a cake girl - so when I do I usually stuff it up because I bake them for too long! This time I followed a recipe to the letter...and what do you know, it worked :P
I consulted about three recipes but the one I ended up making was my Nan's version, where she used half plain flour and half self raising flour. I didn't have any coconut so I made up the volume with more oats. These make ANZACS just the way I like them and remember them from childhood - slightly soft and chewy! Tom loves them too because they taste like his childhood favourite, flapjack!
Nan's ANZAC biscuits
Makes about 30
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup self raising flour
1/2 cup plain flour
3/4 cup coconut [if you don't have this use an extra 3/4 cup oats]
3/4 cup sugar (brown, raw or white) [I used light brown]
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
2 tablespoons boiling water
125g butter, melted [or dairy free spread]
2 tablespoons golden syrup
Mix all dry ingredients. Dissolve bicarb soda in boiling water and add to melted butter and golden syrup. Add to dry ingredients and mix well. Place in teaspoonfuls on a greased tray.
I rolled them into balls in my hands first. It really did remind me of making these as a kid :)
Bake in a moderately slow oven (160 C, 325 F) for 15 minutes. If you want harder biscuits cook for a few minutes longer. Let them cool and then store in an airtight container.
They last a long time - they were originally designed to be sent to troops overseas so they had to travel well and not go off for months and months - but in this house they last as long as my and Tom's willpower allows!
Happy (belated) ANZAC Day! :)