Lately I've been interested in traditional cakes and cookies. Today's post is one of the recipe I've bookmarked for quite a long time and finally decided to make it this evening. It's interesting to note how certain cakes and cookies came about. ANZAC biscuit is associated with WW-I and Anzac quite literally stands for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, more about the history of the biscuit here.
The exciting part, for me, about this biscuit is the use of Oats and Coconut. Days like today, when i am out of eggs and have no motivation to step out of the house...recipe like this is really a Big Deal coz all the ingredients are easily, almost always, available in the house and it is so easy to make and absolutely lovely to devour.
The goodness of butter (;D), the crunch of oats and the sweet and lovely flavor of the coconut culminating to one absolutely lovely, and mind you..healthy dessert, snack of whatever you want it to be....aah! life is good...even in the absence of eggs! :)
This recipe is adapted from Julie Duff"s book cakes from around the world. Here's how this one goes....
1/2 Cup - Butter, Sugar, Flour, Brown Sugar, Oats, Dessicated Coconut
1 Tbsp - Golden Syrup
2 Tbsp - Boiling Water
1/2 Tsp - Baking Soda
I became aware of Golden Syrup through Nigella Lawson. Does she really eat the way she projects it to be on TV? Anyway, by all means substitute the golden syrup with honey if it's not in your pantry.
- Preheat oven at 180 degrees C. Grease a baking tray and keep aside
- Melt butter with the golden syrup in a thick sauce pan and keep aside
- Put the baking soda into the boiling water, mix it up and pour it into the butter
- Bring together the rest of the ingredients in a big bowl, make a well and pour the buttery mixture into it and mix it up till well combined
- Take about a Tbsp of the batter at a time, roll into a ball, flatten it in your palm, arrange it into the prepared trays and bake for 15 minutes
- Cool it for 2 - 3 minutes and only then, take it out of the trays and cool it further in the wire racks...Enjoy the crunchy goodness :)
My toddler gobbled down two as soon as i kept it out on the table ;). It is a sweet-crunchy bomb so pair really well with a hot cuppa green tea.