Anzac Biscuits

Anzac Day is almost upon us, and to mark this special day why not bake a batch of Anzac biscuits rather than succumb to store bought ones? Everyone loves these tasty treats and they are a cinch to make.

The history of Anzac Biscuits is debatable, but the most likely theory is that they were created by the wives and mothers of World War 1 troops who wanted to provide a treat for their men that could be sent by food parcel. These resilient biscuits travel well and will keep for several weeks in an airtight container.

Ingredients (makes about 30):
1 cup rolled oats
¾ cup desiccated coconut
1 cup plain flour
1 cup caster sugar
120g butter
1 tablespoon golden syrup
1½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
2 tablespoons boiling water

Baking trays, greased or lined with baking paper

1. Preheat the oven to 150°C.
2. Place the rolled oats, coconut, flour and sugar in a large bowl and mix well.
3. Place the butter and golden syrup in a small saucepan and stir over a gentle heat until melted (you can also do this in the microwave).
4. In a small bowl mix together the bicarbonate of soda and boiling water.  Add to the melted butter mixture, and then stir into the dry ingredients. Mix well.
5. Place dessertspoonfuls of the mixture onto the baking trays, allowing room for spreading.
6. Bake for 20 minutes.  Allow to cool on trays for a few minutes, then remove to wire racks.
7. Store in an airtight container.

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