April 24, 2008

ANZAC day is a huge thing for Australians, and with a public holiday and shops shut up, it enters the kids radar from an early age..what is it? I continue to sidestep the issue at the moment because I feel they are too young for the concept of war, and instead focus on the idea that we are celebrating our friendships.  Friendships with those close to home and with others from further afield like those in New Zealand, and that wherever you travel those at home will always be with you, thinking of you, praying for you and awaiting your return, but you will also find good true and close friends from many other places. 

The Anzac biscuit is one that can be sent far and wide, in care packages for family and friends (although you may have to check with customs officers nowdays if you are sending them out of the country).  If slightly undercooked and soft in the middle they last about 5 minutes in our house, but if cooked until hard they keep forever (or at least until an adult boils the kettle and sits down for a cup of tea). 

1 cup rolled oats

1cup dessicated coconut

1 cup plain flour

3/4 cup sugar

125g butter

1 level tablespoon golden syrup

1 level teaspoon bicarb soda

3 tablespoons water

Add oats, coconut flour and sugar together

melt together butter and golden syrup in a small saucepan over low heat, then let cool slightly

mix soda and water together, then add to the butter syrup mixture

pour the now mixed wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mix well.

put rounded teaspoons of the mixture onto greased baking trays, well spaced as they will spread whilst cooking. 

Bake in a moderately slow oven for about 20 minutes, remove and let cool on trays until they firm up. 

When quite cold store in an airtight container. 



2 Responses to “ANZAC”

  1. patience Says:

    It doesnt seem right to say Happy Anzac Day so I’ll just wave across the ditch to you!

    Speaking of cross-Tasman friendship, I saw a t-shirt slogan yesterday: “I’m a Kiwi. That means I root for the New Zealand team and whoever is playing against Australia.”


  2. Bex Says:

    Bloody Patience! 😉
    I think your idea of Anzac Day is brilliant & I may have to pinch it for next year if that’s OK.
    This year was a day of quiet adult musing, kids too young yet…Xxx

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