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The Anzac Biscuit….A fitting time to bake them really, given that tomorrow is Anzac Day, a public holiday in Australia, which commemorates and honours the lives lost, the sacrifices made by men, women and children in the First and Second World War.
As I mixed this humble mix of kitchen staples together on Sunday afternoon, the flour, the oats, the sugar…I thought of a time gone by, when food rashions were in place, when eggs and dairy products were priced beyond the means of the average family income…The result…the emergence of the Anzac buscuit…A sturdy, chewy, sugary, oatey treat….
The Anzac Biscuit was economical cooking AND it kept well. Wives, mothers and girlfriends could whip a batch of oatey goodness and send them to their men, their boys serving in the war…A cheap treat, that not only tasted good but was guaranteed to taste good for months on end.
Anzac Day, the 25th of April…a time to pause, a time to reflect….If I am honest, if was not till my early 20′s that I began to register the significance of this day….And not till after I returned, aged 24, from a 2 year UK adventure, that I took any interest.
Both of my Mother’s parents served in World War Two….this much I know…My Nan marched in the George Street Anzac Day march for 34 consecutive years….only recently hung up her marching shoes, opting to watch the march on television.
There is something about this day that I find intrinsically sad…I have watched the Sydney march, even walked arm in arm with my Nan one year…and I am forever struggling to hold back tears…A combination of bag pipe music ( gets me EVERY TIME!!) , crowds, and the immense pride shown by those marching, each step often a conscious effort, one foot in front of the other territory…. time has crept up on the those who served in World War 2, the Vietnam war, they are old, aging….Yet the Anzac Parade brings out their super hero qualities…and we , the audience, have to accept that this is something they want to do, they need to do…All you can do is cheer, clap and applaud these brave men and women who sacrificed so much for our country….
So tomorrow, why not bake a batch of our national biscuit: the Anzac?… Chances are you have all the ingredients waiting to be thrown together and baked at 160 degrees!!
Anzac biscuits Makes 24
Preheat oven to 160 degrees
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup of coconut
1 cup plain flour
1 1/2 tspn bicarbonate soda
2 tbspn boiling water
1 cup sugar
125 g butter
1 tbspn golden syrup
Combine rolled oats, flour, sugar and coconut. Combine butter and golden syrup, stir over gentle heat until melted.
Mix soda with boiling water, add to melted butter mixture, stir into dried ingredients. Spoon dessertspoonfuls of mixture on greased oven trays, allow for room for spreading.
Bake in slow oven for 20 mins. Loosen on trays while warm, allow to cool.
Eat , Enjoy…Share with those you love and treasure….
Lest we Forget