Anzac biscuits are a traditional Australian biscuit recipe. They take their name from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), which served in Turkey in the First World War.
The biscuits are not connected to the Anzac Day holiday. Because they are a simple recipe, and the biscuits are sturdy and keep well, they were sent in food packages to the soldiers. Australians eat them all year round.
This recipe, from the Nursing Mothers' Association of Australia cookbook, will make 25-30 biscuits.
Some people like to add peanuts to the recipe.
1 cup rolled oats
½ cup self-raising flour
½ cup plain flour
¾ cup coconut
¾ cup sugar (raw, brown or white)
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 Tbsp boiling water
125g melted butter
2 Tbsp golden syrup
Mix all the dry ingredients.
Melt the butter on a low heat and stir in the golden syrup.
Remove it from the heat.
Dissolve the soda in boiling water, then add it to the butter and syrup.
Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients in a bowl, and mix well.