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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Lest We Forget

Assignments assignments assignments. That's what I'm doing this Anzac Day. Well, the fact that it's a public holiday doesn't mean much to me because I spend most of my time at home these days anyway. But it still feels like i'm missing out today because my whole family is home and relaxing while I'm cooped up in my room trying to understand statistics and questioning why I'm doing it in the first place =P.

Me being me, I am thoroughly distracted. And of course, venture into the kitchen multiple times just because. And as it is Anzac Day, I decide I want Anzac biscuits! Duh. For those abroad, Anzac Day is the anniversary of the first military action taken by the Australian and the New Zealand Army Forces during the First World War. It is a day to remember those who have fought and been lost at war throughout the years on behalf of both countries, 'Lest We Forget'.

I did a little research into why these particular biscuits are a famous fixture of this day, and Wikipedia tells me that the ingredients traditionally used in Anzac biscuits (i.e. flour, rolled oats, sugar, golden syrup, coconut and butter) do not spoil easily and thus were made by the wives of soldiers abroad and sent over to them during the war. All I know is that they are damn delicious and incredibly addictive =). Hope you're all enjoying this day off which has luckily been graced with gorgeous weather!

Anzac Biscuits
Recipe adapted from Taste
1 cup (150g) plain flour
1 cup (90g) rolled oats
1 cup (85g) desiccated coconut
3/4 cup (155g) brown sugar
125g butter
2 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tbsp water

1. Preheat the oven to 160C (320F). Line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Sift the flour into a large bowl. Stir in the oats, coconut and brown sugar.

2. Put the butter, golden syrup and water in a small saucepan. Stir over a medium heat until melted. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda.

3. Pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture and stir until combined

4. Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls. Place on the trays, about 5cm apart. Press with a fork to flatten slightly. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

6. Set aside on the trays for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack so it cools completely.

Enjoy =D xx

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