Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Australia Day Anzac biscuits

I love Anzac biscuits - they're so quick and easy to make. They were originally made for ANZAC soldiers in WW1, sent by their families who, under rationing, came up with these tasty biscuits without having to use any eggs. The biscuits can be chewy or crunchy, depending on how much golden syrup you add and how long you leave them in the oven. I think nearly every Australian kid that did home economics at school has made these and they're one of the few things I can make without looking at a recipe. They're full of coconut and oats and pretty much anything can be added to them - I like to add slivered almonds and dried apricots. As it's Australia Day, I thought I'd whip a batch up - about 5 minutes to mix and 10 minutes to bake makes for a perfect quick-fix biscuit snack!

Anzacs in the biscuit tin

Anzac biscuits
makes approx 20

1 cup plain flour
1 cup porridge oats (quick cook oats will make them chewier if you prefer)
1 cup dessicated coconut
1 cup caster sugar
100g butter
1 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
2 tbsp boiling water

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan force and mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl; make a well in the middle
2. Melt the butter in a saucepan and then add the golden syrup
3. Dissolve the bicarb soda in the boiling water, stir into the melted butter and syrup. This will bubble up a bit and is normal
4. Stir the melted butter and bicarb mixture into the dry ingredients to form the dough
5. Roll the mix into small tablespoon sized balls and put onto a greased and lined baking tray. Flatten the balls slightly and allow some room for the biscuits to spread
6. Bake in batches for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Let cool on the baking tray for 5 minutes then transfer to wire rack and enjoy!

This versatile mix lends itself to different variations - add a handful chocolate chips, dried cranberries, sultanas, slivered almonds, ground almonds, macadamia nuts, sifted cocoa or whatever you come up with to the dry ingredients mix in Step 1. Soft brown sugar can be used instead of caster sugar and wholemeal flour can be used instead of white flour which will give a chewier biscuit. If you would like a crunchier biscuit, add 1 extra tbsp of golden syrup but be warned that these will spread out a bit more too.


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To find the grave of my grandfather at Hill 60 at Gallipoli was the object of a weekend visit from Istanbul.We had booked through a tour operator there but a few days from departure from Sydney,I contacted them top confirm they would take us to Hill 60 and they said they do not go to that part of the peninsular on their tours.I cancelled right away and, luckily,in that weekend's newspaper's travel section was a letter from a person who had booked with directly in Istanbul so I emailed them and was told they could take us to Hill 60 at no extra cost.A coffee break half way after 2 1/2 hours allowed us to stretch our legs. On the final part of the 5 hour journey,a tape was played outlining the history of the Dardenelles-Gallipoli campaign in 1915. Upon arrival at the Maydos waterside restaurant we were given lunch on the terrace wirth a wonderful view across the Dardenelles then we were off to the Brighton Beach site (one beach south of Anzac Cove and we were shown large maps of the area nd our guide explained the topography and battles shown on the map and the sites we would be visiting that afternoon.After the rather complete and highly interesting afternoon tour which included a visit to the local museum, we were taken back to restaurant and boarded a cruiser for the short crossing of the Dardenelles to Cannakale.. This in itself was a bonus as one could view the Gallipoli peninsular and grasp the view which eluded so many in rthe 1915 campaign when only a few Australian soldiers reached the peaks and saw the Dardenelles which we were now crossing,only to be beaten back by the Turks under the leadership of Attaturk later reforming President of Turkey.Included in the tour was a Sunday morning tour of Troy- that most elusive and explored city which Homer wrote about some 1200 years BC with Helen, the beauty being kidnapped by Paris and the resulting Trojan War which saw Troy VI destroyed only to be rebuilt at least 5 more times! There is a wooden horse there now but the original is said to have been a seige engine. driver and a guide to go north to Hill 60 to find my grandfather's grave. Through some wheat fields and onto a low knoll and here we were- the first persons to ever visit his grave, front row extreme right hand end.Only 44 graves, some 930 all buried in common grave, the action was made up of left-overs from various regiments,Aussies,New Zealanders ,British in this, the last main battle of the campaign.They were all wiped out in 2 days. An Australian flag, some gum leaves and a red poppy we left on the grave stone- it is a lonely place,sad and gut wrenching when one sees the absolute wastage in human lives-Back to Istanbul on the coach with memories and a feeling that we had, at least fulfilled one of life's ambitions!

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