Do I hear you asking "what is an Anzac biscuit and why is it called so"? Both of which are very good questions.
Well I first tripped over Anzac biscuits in a supermarket (can't remember which one) which was stocking packets of them around about Remembrance Sunday time. A percentage of the proceeds were going to injured servicemen, as I recall. Well, being soldier's daughter, I bought a couple of packets for the charity point of view, hoping they'd be nice. They were more than nice, they're a fabulous accompaniment to a cup of coffee, or chai tea, or even builders' tea. They're the old fashioned HobNob, made before HobNobs were even a twinkle in their creator's eye.
As for why they are called "Anzac Biscuits", well Anzac biscuits have long been associated with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) which was established in World War I. It has been claimed the biscuits were sent by wives to soldiers abroad because the ingredients do not spoil easily and the biscuits kept well during naval transportation. So you can see the Forces connection.
It must have been a wonderful moment to receive a parcel from home which contained a package of these wonderfully, munchy, crunchy biscuits. A little bit of heaven in an awful lot of hell.
Now from a current perspective, the speed at which hubby brought the biscuits together and baked them - probably around half an hour at the most - makes them one of the most agreeable "spur of the moment" or "last minute, Mother's on her way" biscuits to make. The end result is certainly worth more than the time they took to make!
So, if you fancy some baking or you're cooking with your kids, give them a history lesson while they are baking and make some Anzac biscuits. Your next cup of tea will thank you.
ANZAC BISCUITS (makes 20)
1. Combine all the dry ingredients except the bicarbonate of soda together in a bowl.
2. Melt the butter in a decent sized pan (it needs room to expand) over a low heat.
3. Add the golden syrup to the butter.
4. Put the bicarbonate of soda into a small cup, add the boiling water and mix.
5. Remove the butter mixture from the heat and allow to cool for 30 secs or so.
6. Pour in the bicarbonate of soda mixture to the butter and watch it froth!
7. Quickly mix all the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients before you lose the froth and stir well until completely mixed.
8. Make a flattened disc out of a spoonful of the mixture and place onto a lined baking sheet. Make sure to leave at least 1" between each disc.
9. Bake in a preheated oven at 180degC/350degF/Gas 4 for 8-10 minutes, watching them like a hawk to make sure they don't burn.
10. Put each biscuit on a cooling rack until absolutely cold.
Calories per portion (1 biscuit) : 118 (wince) - however, they do keep well in an airtight tin! (Reference : Calorie Counter).