Thursday, April 25, 2013

Anzac Day

The 25th of April is a very important day here in Australia and New Zealand as it commemorates the landing of the ANZAC forces on Gallipoli 98 years ago, and is the day we remember all of those who have fought for our country and think of those who continue to do so. It is especially significant to our family as my grandfather fought in Papua New Guinea during WW2, and my father in Vietnam.
Even though it is school holidays here, it is a beautiful and sunny day and there was a great turnout at the local Anzac Day parade which is traditionally led by a wonderful Pipe Band.
And we have now come home after the wreath laying service at the Memorial baths to have a cup of coffee and some of the delicious Anzac biscuits that G made last night. Anzac biscuits were first made during World War 1 and sent to soldiers serving overseas because they didn't spoil easily as due to the scarcity of eggs back then, they do not contain eggs.
Anzac Biscuits Recipe
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup dessicated coconut
1 cup plain flour
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
6 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon of golden syrup

1. Sift flour into a bowl
2. Add rolled oats, sugar and coconut. Mix well.
3  Combine butter, golden syrup and water in a saucepan (or microwave safe container) and heat until butter melts.
4, Add soda, allow to foam and pour immediately into dry ingredients. Mix well.
5. Spoon heaped teaspoonsful of mixture into greased oven trays. Allow room for spreading.
6. Bake in a slow oven for 20 minutes.
7. Loosen and allow to cool on trays.
Makes about 30.



  1. Those cookies look delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. Thanks for the recipe. I used to have one for these biscuits but lost it. I shall give yours a try. Sounds like you marked ANZAC day really well.

  3. I always wondered what was in an Anzac biscuit, now I know!

  4. oh I do love an Anzac biscuit. The Girl Guides were out in force at our local march, having made 3,000 biscuits over the last week, in preparation for the post-march morning tea! The local march where you are, was always so big and well supported. That's great that your children took part - during school holidays too.