These biscuits are symbols of the work carried out by the women at home, who relentlessly baked them for soldiers overseas to keep their morale high.
By Nandita Nataraj
My first encounter with ANZAC biscuits was two years back when I had been to India. I remember I had picked up the packet because the name “Anzac” was intriguing to me. I had never heard or read anything by that name before. But as they say “what is in a name?” For these cookies were absolutely mind blowing in flavour. They were not overly sweet and they had some healthy ingredients like oats and coconut. I remember polishing off the entire pack the same day.
It is only recently I came to know that Anzac was actually an abbreviation for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps. The ANZAC legend has it that the mothers, wives and the sweet hearts of the soldiers lovingly baked these soldiers’ bicuits which later came to be known as ANZAC biscuits. The biscuits are symbols of the work carried out by the women at home, who relentlessly baked them for soldiers overseas to keep their morale high. Wasn’t that wonderful? Now how could I not bake this after reading so much?
I googled for the recipe and I found one on about.com. I made some changes to the original recipe. But in the end, I was extremely satisfied with the result. You can either make this thin and crisp or thick and slightly chewy. Either ways I assure you it will be as tasty.
- Unsalted Butter- 6tbsp or 3Oz
- All purpose flour- 1 cup or 8Oz
- Oats-1 cup or 8Oz
- Brown sugar- 1cup or 8Oz
- Golden syrup- 2tbsp
- Unsweetened desiccated coconut- 1 cup or 8Oz
- Baking soda- 1tsp
- Salt- ¼tsp
- Milk- 2tbsp
- Melt the butter in a pan and add the golden syrup and baking soda to the butter and mix well. Take off the heat and keep aside
- In a mixing bowl, mix together, flour, oats, salt and the desiccated coconut.
- Add the melted butter mixture and the milk to the oats and flour mixture and mix well with a wooden spatula.
- Heat the oven and 350F or 180C and line a baking tray with Parchment paper
- Roll about a table spoon of the dough into small balls and flatten them between the palms of your hands.
- Place the flattened dough on the baking tray 4cm apart so that there is room for spreading.
- Bake the biscuits for 10-12 min or until golden brown.
- Remove the biscuits from the oven and allow them to cool in the baking tray for 5min.
- Remove the biscuits from the tray and cool them on a wire rack.
Nandita was born, bred and spread in India, but right now lives in Tanzania where her quest for simple and exotic pleasures of food led to the creation of the blog Paaka-Shaale. She believes that food is not just a means to feed a body. But it is also meant to appeal the mind and satiate the soul.