Soft chewy irresistible Anzac Biscuits
Today is Anzac day, here in Australia- a day of remembrance for the soldiers who fought during World War 1 .Supermarkets are flooded with these traditional, Australian cookies . I decided to bake my own batch .
Just in case, if you are wondering what does this biscuits have to do with war ?Anzac biscuits -as it is know today , made with oats , coconut , golden syrup and no eggs , had the unique ability to stay fresh for a long time , until it reached the Anzac soldiers fighting overseas.Baked by moms , wives and sweethearts , these biscuits symbolized love and care from home.
Here is my take on the famous, Australian classic -rolled oats , coconut, golden syrup , flour and macadamia nuts .I hope you enjoy these biscuits as much as we did !
Preparation :30 mins
125 g butter , chopped .
1 cup (90 gms) rolled oats
1 cup (150 gms) plain (all purpose )flour
1 cup (220 gms) brown sugar, firmly packed .
3/4 cup(60gms) dessicated coconut
1/2 cup(65 gms) finely chopped macadamia nuts
2 Tbsp golden Syrup*
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 Tbsp boiling water
1.Preheat oven to 180° C /160 ° C fan-forced .Grease and line a baking tray with baking paper .
2.In a medium saucepan , combine butter and golden syrup , and stir over low heat until smooth .
3. Mix the baking soda with water and add to the butter mixture , stir to combine .
4.Add the other ingredients , stir to combine .
5. Roll level tablespoons of this mixture into balls . Place 5cms apart on the baking tray and slightly press to flatten .Bake for 10 to 15 mins , until golden brown. Please make sure to remove the tray from the oven when the biscuits turn slightly golden brown , if you leave it too long , you will end up with hard , brittle biscuits .Cool completely and enjoy .
Most Cookies will feel a little bit softer after they have been removed from the oven , they will become firm , when cooled . When in doubt about firmness , remove the cookies from the oven , then ‘push’ one of the cookies on the tray , if it slides, then it’s done , if it sticks to the baking paper ,it needs more baking.
Additional Notes :
*Treacle, Maple syrup or honey can be substituted for Golden Syrup .
Almonds or cashews can be substituted for Macadamia nuts.
Recipe adapted from Australian Macadamias.