So a couple of weekends ago when my grandson came for a sleep over I decided to make Anzacs with him. He loves cooking.
Anzacs are a traditional Australian family favourite biscuit. Everyone has their own ideas as to whether they should be crunchy or soft. I remember great trays of crunchy Anzacs coming out of the oven of my Aunt's wood stove. They waft out a delicious smell through the kitchen.
Here is my Aunt's recipe - she called them "John Bulls" - maybe from the brand of oats she used.
Mix together 1 cup rolled oats, 1 cup dessicated coconut, 1 cup plain flour, 1/2 cup sugar.
Melt 125gm butter or margarine. Stir in 2 heaped tablespoons of Golden Syrup. Dissolve 1 1/2 teaspoons bi-carb soda in 2-3 tablespoons boiling water. Mix into the butter mixture. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix in well.
Place flattened balls of mixture onto you baking tray. Baking paper works well. Leave room for spreading. Cook for about 15-20 minutes at about 180C.
Cool on a wire rack.
According to the Australian War Memorial website it is unknown how Anzac biscuits got their name or how they came to be a traditional biscuit to make on Anzac Day.
From the 1920s onwards Australian recipe books nearly always included Anzac biscuits but exactly how this recipe became identified with Anzac, or the First World War, is unknown. The sweet Anzac biscuits are far different to hardtack biscuits which were the standard ration of soldiers and sailors.
Anzac biscuits don't have the shelf-life of hardtack biscuits but they do last a reasonable amount of time, so it is possible that they became known as a suitable inclusion in parcels of small luxuries and comforts that families and charitable organisations used to send overseas to soldiers.
You can read more about Anzac and hardtack biscuits by clicking here - Anzac biscuits
I think I should have left my Anzacs in the oven a bit longer, as they were a bit soft, but they were delicious anyway! Do you make Anzac biscuits. Do you have a memory of them from your childhood?
A few more pics from this past week......
It may be winter, but my grape vine is still wearing it's beautiful autumn colours
I drove home via the beach on Thursday to take photos of this beautiful sunset
On Friday I went for a walk along the beach at Koombana Bay in my lunch hour. The shags were drying their wings on the jetty, and didn't particularly like my intrusion....
On Saturday I ran a beginner's photography course at beautiful Lyndendale Gallery near Dardanup. One of the "composition" elements discussed was "leading" and "converging lines". So I snapped this pic on the way home as an illustration. I love this long line of trees.
On Sunday we went up to the bush - I of course had my camera and I spent some time playing around with Aperture priority and looking for interesting shapes, patterns and textures. Can you see the little picture of a tree that a creature has drawn on the leaf in the RH corner pic?
So there you have it - Anzac biscuits - and my week in pictures.
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