24 Jun 2009

100% Australian Owned

After making my cheat's apple crumble a few nights ago, I had a sudden craving for ANZAC biscuits. My crumble consisted of ingredients such as rolled oats and shredded coconut which are two of the core ingredients in ANZAC biscuits. Besides craving for ANZACs, these are probably the best biscuits/cookies I can bake, because I can't bake them. They either get burnt or go incredibly soft the next day. Which is probably why you rarely see any biscuits/cookie posts.
So what exactly is an ANZAC biscuit?
via wikipedia's information

ANZAC biscuits is a sweet biscuit made with very simple ingredients; rolled oats, flour, coconut, butter, golden syrup, bicarbonate soda and boiling water. These cookies are associated with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) of WW1 because they were consumed in that time period since many ingredients were scarce and they did not spoil easily. ANZACs are probably a variation of the Scottish oat cakes, possibly via the Scottish influenced city of Dunedin, new Zealand.

Well, I do have a packet of commercialised ANZACs in the pantry, but who needs those when you can make them yourself. The recipe is quite simple; melt and mix method.

ANZAC biscuits
adapted from Exclusively Food's Anzac biscuits
later edited by me

140 degrees
fan forced

makes 21 biscuits
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 1 Tb hot water
  • 120g margarine
    (might need some extra later)
  • 2 Tb golden syrup
1. Combine the dry ingredients of flour, sugar, desiccated coconut and rolled oats in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
2. Dissolve the bicarbonate soda in hot water.

3. Melt margarine and golden syrup over a low heat, stirring occasionally. When margarine has melted take off heat.

4. Stir in the bicarbonate soda water into the syrup mixture. The syrup mixture should be frothy on top.

5. Pour the syrup into the dry ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine ingredients all together.
NOTE: If mixture doesn't stick together and is crumbly, melt 1 Tb of margarine at a time and stir in until mixture comes together.

6. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

7. Roll dough into balls and gently flatten them with your hand.
8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden. When biscuits are out of the oven, they are soft, however they harden upon cooling.