guess what this saturday is? ‘straya day!
the national holiday of oz was always one of my favourite days of the year back home. we go to the beach, we party along to the annual triple j hottest 100 countdown, we celebrate all the wonderful things about living in the best country on earth (sorry folks – truth).
along with rainbow paddle pops and four’n twenty meat pies, ANZAC biscuits are my favourite aussie food.
these sweet, chewy, coconut-y treats don’t strictly belong to only us, as their name makes clear. ANZAC means australian and new zealand army corps. these were the biscuits (cookies to some) that women would send over to their husbands/sons/brothers serving in world war one, apparently because they kept well for the long journey overseas.
today, they are up there with lamingtons and vegemite as among our most beloved national foods. traditionally they are eaten around ANZAC day in april, but feeling all overly patriotic as us expats tend to do, i decided to whip some ANZAC biscuits up for a little taste of home on australia day.
the recipe couldn’t be easier. here’s what you need:
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp golden syrup
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp bi-carb soda
- 125g butter
sift the flour and brown sugar into a bowl and stir together with the rolled oats and coconut.
mix the wet ingredients into the dry until combined. roll the mixture into balls and space 5cms apart on the baking sheets.
ANZAC biscuits, like any others, can be hard and crunchy, soft and chewy, and anything in between. to me, the perfect biscuit is crisp on the outside, and chewy as all get out on the inside. the trick to this is to ensure you don’t overcook. they may look a little underdone when you take them out of the oven, but once they’ve cooled they’ll be perfect.
for something that has no added chocolate chips or even nuts or fruit, these are so tasty and moreish. just perfect with tea.
enjoy, and happy ‘straya day!
i’ll leave you with some men at work. to get you good and in the mood.