The Anzac biscuits we know today are not the biscuits eaten by our soldiers on the front lines. Their biscuits were called ‘hartdacks’ these things were so hard that soldiers could write on them and send them home as a note!
Sometimes known as ANZAC tiles or ANZAC wafer biscuits. Soldiers often devised ingenious methods to make them easier to eat. A kind of porridge could be made by grating them and adding water. Or biscuits could be soaked in water and, with jam added, baked over a fire into “jam tarts”.
Making ANZAC biscuits is one tradition that Australians use to commemorate ANZAC day. Everyone has their favourite recipe and there are countless arguments over whether they should be served crunchy or soft.
Although the sweet ANZAC biscuits are far more enjoyable to eat than their hardtack counterparts it is safe to say that, with the creativity of the First World War soldiers, the ANZAC tile biscuits had far greater uses than just for eating.
Makes 16 Anzac’s
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins
1 cup Rolled oats
1 cup Plain flour (can add a pinch of baking powder if you prefer your Anzac’s chewy)
1 cup Desiccated coconut
1 cup Brown sugar
Golden syrup 3 tablespoons
Boiling water 3 tablespoons
Bicarbonate of soda 1 flat teaspoon
1. Preheat oven to 150degrees.
2 line 3 trays trays with baking paper.
3 In a medium bowl, combine oats, flour, coconut and sugar
4. Place group 2 in a bowl and microwave for 45 seconds or until the butter is melted.
5. In a cup, combine water and baking soda.
6 Stir into group 2 and mix
7. Add this to group 1 and mix
8. Using clean hands, roll tablespoons of Anzac mixture into balls
9. Arrange on trays, 4cm apart, to allow room for spreading (if you prefer a crunchier Anza, flatten the balls down with the back of a fork, you can always bake one as a tester to see how they spread and to check the consistency)
For sizing, I got 16 out of the mix, but you can make them smaller.
10. Cool on trays for a few minutes and then slide onto a wire rack to cool
11 Put the kettle on and remember our diggers
These are super quick to make so if you are after a quick morning tea go the Anzacs, the 1 cup measures make this one a snap.
Do a test Anzac to check if you are happy with the spread
If you like crunchy Anzacs use plain flour and press them flat
If you like chewy Anzacs leave them in a ball shape and add a pinch of baking powder, you can also reduce the cooking time by a few minutes
To give your Anzacs a twist try
adding a teaspoon of cinnamon for cinnamon Anzacs
a tablespoon of cocoa for chocolate Anzacs
half a cup of white chocolate and cranberries for a deliicious twist
Sticky date Anzacs happen easily, add a handful of chopped dates
try a handful of sultanas for fruit Anzacs
or half dip your originals or chocolate Anzacs into some melted chocolate
you could make a double mix of the original recipe and then split it up into portions to add flavors to.