Anzac Biscuits Recipe adapted from Donna Hay's Recipes (all photos taken by me on my Sony RX100 II)
An Anzac biscuit is a sweet popular treat originating from Australia and New Zealand, associating itself with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) established in World War 1.
As well as being a national treasure to us Aussies, these biscuits are also a favourite of mine because they are so easy to make and the ingredients so simple. It only takes me just under an hour to prepare and bake these goodies, and it makes approximately 35 biscuits.
2 cups (180g) rolled oats
1 cup (150g) plain (all-purpose) flour
2/3 cup (150g) caster (superfine) sugar
3/4 cup (60g) dessicated coconut
1/3 cup (115g) golden syrup
125g unsalted butter
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of (baking) soda
2 tablespoons hot water
Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius (325 degrees Fahrenheit). Place the oats, flour, sugar and coconut in a bowl and mix to combine (I use a wooden spoon and metal bowl; no need for electrical beater). Place the golden syrup and butter in a saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring, until melted.
Combine the bicarbonate of soda with the water in a small bowl and add to the butter mixture. This mixture will foam up. Pour into the oat mixture and mix well to combine. Spoon tablespoons of the mixture onto baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper and flatten into 7CM rounds, allowing room to spread. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until deep golden. Allow to cool on baking trays for 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
*Note: For a more chewy texture, I bake the biscuits for 10 minutes exactly and allow to cool on baking tray for a little longer before transferring it to a wire rack. For a crunchier texture, I bake for 12 minutes or so. I check for the colour to determine the texture - the more golden and brown, the more crunchy.
I find these biscuits are so good to eat, and I find a more healthier alternative to other treats. I like to put extra oats and/or coconut for a chewier texture. One time I ran out of oats and only scraped enough to add only one cup of oats instead of two. The result was boring and flat. For me, oats and coconut are the keys!