Thursday, November 18, 2004

Recipe of the Week

This week's recipe is a classic Australian recipe. Anzac biscuits first came about in WWI. Loved ones needed to come up with something to send the soldiers that could last, and came up with this recipe. They were originally called Soldier's biscuits, but then changed to Anzac biscuits. The recipe was based on a Scottish recipe using rolled oats.
At any rate, this is a very popular biscuit here, and even though they keep well, it is hard to verify this, as they get eaten up so quickly! Another bonus is that they are dead easy to make!
NB. For all you people from the USA out there, biscuit is the Australian word for cookies.

Anzac Biscuits (Cookies)

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup dessicated coconut
1 Tbsp golden syrup
125g (4 oz) butter
1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 Tbsp boiling water

Set oven at moderately low (140 deg c, 284 deg F) and grease baking trays.

Mix oats, flour, sugar and coconut in a small bowl. Melt golden syrup and butter, mix bicarbonate of soda with boiling water and stir into butter mixture. Stir into dry ingredients, mixing well. Drop teaspoons of mixture on to prepared trays, allowing a bit of room for spreading.
Bake for 17 minutes. Remove, wait a minute or two to cool slightly, then move to a wire rack and allow to cool fully.

Enjoy, they'll be great, mate!


Blogger Mellie Helen said...

Living here in the U.S. of A, I'm afraid my Australian is a bit rusty. I'd like to try this recipe out (sounds like it's very popular!), but, um...can you translate for me?

Biscuit = Cookie (got it)
Dessicated = Shredded? Sweetened or unsweetened?
Golden syrup = Maple syrup? Corn syrup? Melt Down My Wedding Ring syrup?
Bicarbonate of soda = baking soda?

Thankfully, I believe "water" is self-translating.

5:06 pm  
Blogger Amanda said...

Okey doke, had to check online myself, as wasn't 100 per cent sure

Dessicated coconut - Shredded (here is what the website said: "dessicated coconut - dried coconut shreds, similar to US coconut shreds. In the US, coconut is usually sold sweetened, this is not so common in other countries." Umm... a few other sites said the same thing, so not sure whether this means you are supposed to use sweetened or unsweetened. I would probably go with unsweetened as the syrup is quite sweet.

Golden Syrup - corn syrup
Bicarbonate of soda does indeed = baking soda

Got this from the below website that is going to be my new best fried I think, converting Aussie terms to US!

For more full details search the above.

Hope you enjoy, let me know how it goes.

6:07 pm  

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