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Friday, October 2, 2009

Australian Anzac Biscuits

*These "cookies" were originally made in WWI by Australian wives, mothers and sisters and sent overseas to the soldiers in Gallipoli and other fronts of the war.  They were made to withstand being posted and not perish or fall apart.  They are delicious and 100% Australian!*

1 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup dessicated coconut
3/4 cup caster sugar (ordinary white sugar in USA)
125g (4.4oz) butter
1 tablespoon golden syrup (can be substituted with corn syrup where golden syrup is unavailable)
1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate soda
2 tablespoons boiling water

Preheat oven to 150ºC (300ºF).  Brush 2 baking trays with melted butter or oil.  Place flour, oats, coconut and sugar in a large mixing bowl, stir until combined.  Combine butter and golden syrup in small pan, stir over high heat until melted.  Mix soda with boiling water, add to melted butter and syrup.  Add to flour mixture, stir until combined.  Shape level tablespoonsful of mixture into balls and flatten slightly; place onto prepared trays, about 5 cm (2") apart.
Bake 15-20 minutes or until crispt and golden.  Remove from oven, stand on trays for 2 minutes.  Loosen biscuits and cool on wire rack.
Makes about 25 biscuits.

*From the Little Aussie Cookbook*

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