Today is Anzac Day, the day we commemorate soldiers fallen for our country. The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corp, and originates from the days of the first World War when Australia and New Zealand were part of British territory and our soldiers were then British soldiers. Anzacs were sent in to some of the toughest and most gruelling battles, if you haven't seen the movie Gallipoli then I recommend it as a good little history lesson (Mel Gibson in an early role, and incidentally my uncle is in the movie in a small speaking part)
In the first World War, wives and mothers of the Anzacs baked these biscuits, known for their keeping qualities and sent them off to the soldiers overseas, thus the name. I found an interesting fact on the internet, Anzac biscuits is a term protected legally, and it is illegal to sell them using the word "cookies", so there you go. Interesting bit of trivia there for you...
Now, I am the world's worst cook. However these yummy little biscuits are so easy to bake that even I can't stuff them up so I thought I'd share a recipe with you for today. Anzac bikkie recipes are everywhere and you can find a zillion slight variations, this is the one I use. Be assured that recipes on this blog will be few and far in between, as cooking is not my thing, but today is kinda special...
2 tblsp golden syrup
3/4 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup plain flour
3/4 cup dessicated coconut
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp bicarb of soda
if needed, approx 2 tblps boiling water
If you're a one bowl wonder like me, melt your butter first. Stir in golden syrup. Add all the other ingredients and mix together. Water can be added as an extra binder if the mixture is still a bit dry.
Drop spoonsful onto a baking tray.
Bake at 160C (325F) for about 12 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack.
Sit back and as you nibble remember the Anzacs, or any soldier who has served for their country.
This little doily was hand-embroidered with Australian native flowers by either my grandmother or my great aunt... both of them very talented handcrafters.