Sunday, April 25, 2010

The absolute best biscuits ever! ... not lc

I have ALWAYS wondered about this. Now I have a history :)
Not lc though, I even tried to find/make an lc version some years ago but without success.

The Anzac (biscuit) story

By Rebecca Davies
23 April 2010

It's Anzac Day this Sunday, so here's the story of how these tasty treats actually came about.

The past…
Anzac biscuits have always been associated with Australian and New Zealand soldiers in World War I. Legend says that the wives, mothers and girlfriends left at home were concerned that their fighting men were not getting food of any nutritional value, so they cooked up a recipe for treats that they would both enjoy and nutritionally benefit from.

Made from ingredients including rolled oats, coconut, flour and sugar, these biscuits were ideal to send to soldiers abroad because they kept well and would survive the long transit to the frontlines. At first, they were named "soldiers' biscuits", but were renamed Anzac biscuits upon landing in Gallipoli.

The present
Nowadays, Anzac biscuits are manufactured commercially and sold in supermarkets all year round. RSLs all over the country also regularly use them as a fundraising item to raise money for veteran soldiers. They have become worldwide fare and are apparently still issued to Canadian troops at Christmas time.

The recipe
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup desiccated coconut
125g butter
2 tablespoon golden syrup
1 tablespoon water
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Sift flour into a bowl and stir in oats, coconut and sugar. Melt butter, golden syrup and water in saucepan, then add bicarb. Stir into flour mixture. Place rounded teaspoons of mixture 5cm apart on greased baking trays and bake at 150°C for about 20 minutes or until biscuits feel almost firm. Remove from trays with spatula and leave to cool on wire racks.