Anzac day in Australia is the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. Australians come together on ANZAC Day and spend time remembering the sacrifices of those who died in war protecting the country. Commemorative services are held at dawn, Later in the day, ex-servicemen and women meet to take part in marches.
-Anzac Biscuit Recipe –
1 cup flour (all-purpose or whole wheat pastry)
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup fine grain natural cane sugar OR brown sugar
1 cup finely shredded non-sweetened coconut
scant 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup butter, cut into little cubes
2 tablespoons golden syrup or honey
(zest of one medium orange)
1 tablespoon boiling water
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 170C degrees. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl; flour, oats, sugars, and coconut. Mix well. In a small saucepan over low heat combine the butter syrup (or honey), and orange zest. Stir until melted and remove from heat. In a small bowl whisk together the boiling water and baking soda. Stir it into the butter. Now pour the butter mixture over the big bowl of oats and stir. This is a dough I like to mix it with my hands to make sure the butter is evenly distributed and the dough is moist throughout. I baked this batch of cookies in a well-buttered, heart-shaped cast iron pan, but you can simply drop them by the tablespoonful onto parchment lined baking sheets. Make sure they aren’t too flat or they will get crispy. Bake for about 12 minutes or until deeply golden.** Makes 18 – 24 medium cookies. ** The most recent batch that I baked in the heart-shaped pan took more like 20 minutes to fully bake and brown. Free-form on a baking sheet will take less – 12 minutes or so.
(from 101 Cookbooks.com)