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A delicious Anzac biscuit recipe that is the perfect combination of chewy and crunchy. These biscuits are quick and easy to make whilst tasting absolutely delicious.
The sweet oaty biscuit will leave you wanting more.
There is nothing that quite speaks Australian as an Anzac biscuit.
Australian kids grow up on these biscuits whilst also being baked on every Australian occasion.
They are a combination of delicious oats, coconut and golden syrup which makes a mouth watering biscuit that the whole family will enjoy.
The Origins Of The Anzac Biscuit
Anzac biscuits have long been associated with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps from World War 1. Hence the name ANZAC.
Anzac day is 25th April 1915 and is commemorated every year.
Anzac biscuits are widely baked and sold for this day, but have you ever wondered why?
Traditionally the Anzac biscuit was made hard and sent to the soldiers overseas in World War 1. The biscuits travelled well and the ingredients didn’t spoil, so they were very welcomed by the soldiers.
The original Anzac biscuits however were as hard as rocks. The ingredients didn’t spoil, but due to the nature of the ingredients, the soldiers often used to grind them up and eat with porridge rather than eat as actual biscuits.
What You Need To Make Anzac Biscuits
One of the great things about Anzac biscuits is that you are likely to have all the ingredients you need already in your pantry. This makes them perfect for baking at literally any time.
Dry Ingredients: Flour, oats, desiccated coconut, sugar and baking soda.
Wet Ingredients: Egg, golden syrup and water.
Tip: If you don’t have any Golden syrup on hand, you can substitute for an equal amount of honey or corn syrup. The biscuits will still remain the same consistency.
Some people like to change the recipe up and add chocolate or fruit, but I much prefer to go the simple version. Sometimes you just cant beat the simplicity of a recipe.
Now imagine, sinking your teeth into a chewy, sweet oaty biscuit.
The only problem is that I can’t stop at one, which is a bit of a problem when you see how much sugar and golden syrup goes into them.
But oh well. You have to do it for the taste right?
Should Anzac Biscuits Be Chewy Or Crunchy?
Whilst the original Anzac biscuits were as hard as a rock, we definitely don’t want ours to be.
Whether you make them chewy or crunchy is really a personal preference.
But in all honesty, it’s super easy to have them however you like them. The recipe doesn’t change at all.
If you prefer a crunchy biscuit simply bake for a couple more minutes than the recipe states.
When the biscuits come out of the oven they will be soft. They will harden up as they cool.
The recipe is super simple and it is the perfect opportunity to bake with the kids.
Don’t worry about the biscuits looking messy and there is no reason to go searching for a cookie cutter.
These are rugged biscuits, so let them look that way!
Anzac Biscuit Recipe
- 1 cup Plain Flour
- 1 cup Rolled Oats
- 1 cup Desiccated Coconut
- 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 125g Butter
- 2 Tablespoons Golden Syrup
- 2 Tablespoons Water
- 1 teaspoon of Bicarbonate (Baking) Soda
- Preheat oven to 160 degrees
- Sift flour into a bowl then add the coconut, sugar and oats. Mix together well.
- Melt the butter, golden syrup, and water, and stir continuously.
- Stir in the bicarbonate of soda.
- Pour the melted mixture into the dry ingredients and stir well.
- Place tablespoons of mixture onto a baking tray (covered with a baking sheet) and flatten.
- Place approximately 5cm apart to allow them to spread.
- Bake for 8-10minutes or until golden brown
- Allow to stand for 5 minutes before transferring them to a baking rack to cool.
How Long Can I store Anzac Biscuits?
Anzac biscuits need to be stored in an air tight container. They can be stored for a few weeks but I highly doubt they will last that long!
Keep the container at room temperature.
The longer the biscuits are stored, the softer they become, but the biscuits will still stay super delicious.
Can Anzac Biscuits Be Frozen?
If you want to plan ahead and bake in advance then Anzac biscuits can be kept in the freezer for up to a month.
Be sure to place parchment paper in between the biscuits to prevent freezer burn.
Can Golden Syrup Be Substituted?
Not all countries have access to golden syrup, but this won’t prevent you from making Anzac biscuits. The golden syrup can be substituted (in the same quantity) for corn syrup or honey.
Whether you are baking Anzac biscuits for Anzac day, Australia day or just to simple enjoy, one thing is certain. The entire family are going to love these.
The other problem you may experience is that stopping at just eating one biscuit is going to be incredibly hard.
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