Monday, May 31, 2010

ANZAC Biscuits

I have been on Brenda's case to have her teach us another new dessert recipe, so when we saw her recently in Nashville, she brought ANZAC biscuits (a.k.a. cookies).

ANZAC, or Australia New Zealand Army Corp, Day is April 25th and is a holiday in remembrance of those lost in the battle of Gallipoli, Turkey during WWI.  So, I figured this would be an appropriate post on our Memorial Day...

Brenda also shared this beautiful poem by Lt COL John McCrae that is often associated with days of remembrance.

In Flanders Fields
By – Lt Col John McCrae,

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row and row
That mark our place, and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below

We are the dead.  Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Field

Take up our quarrels with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields

Brenda photographed the baking of the cookies for me, and we got to enjoy the final product.  As soon as she opened the container of biscuits, the enticing sweet scent made me want to devour the whole batch.

If you are looking for a new dessert to try, give this one a whirl.  Hopefully Brenda will continue to share with us :)

ANZAC Biscuits
4oz Flour
6oz brown sugar
1 cup of coconut
1 cup rolled oats
3 ½ oz butter
1 tbsp golden syrup
½ tsp baking soda
2 tbsp boiling water

Mix together flour, sugar, coconut and rolled oats (not quick cooking) in a large bowl.

Melt butter and golden syrup while separately dissolving baking soda in boiling water. 

Add the soda water mixture to the butter and golden syrup.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and stir in warm liquid until combined.

It’s best to allow the mixture to cool before rolling into golf ball size biscuits. 

Place on a greased tray (prefer butter greased) because they will spread and flatten as
they cook.
Gently flatten the balls a tad before putting into an oven pre heated to 350 F
Bake for 15-20 minutes.  

I check for even flattening of biscuits and golden brown color before removing from oven, cook a minute or two longer for this desired result. 

Let biscuits cool on tray before gently lifting off with a spatula to cool totally on wire.

Makes about 15 golf ball size biscuits.

Today, let us honor all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

1 comment:

  1. That Anzac biscuits looks gorgeous! You serve these biscuits to my kids and they'll probably leave no trace at all in minutes, they'll finish it to the very last crumb. lol! I actually start teaching my eldest who is 12 how to make these. Last time we experimented on making our Anzac biscuits a little chewy by adding an extra honey. It actually turns out well!