Baking always tastes better when there is an occasion. This occasion was not a particularly pleasant one, with a good friend of mine breaking a limb that needs surgery. With a request for baked goods and the thought of surgery tugging at the ol’ heartstrings I decided to bake a much loved favourite - ANZAC biscuits. A yummy and fitting tribute to a trooper!
This recipe is one of my favourites and comes from 'Grans Kitchen' - recipes from the notebooks of Dulcie May Booker. This book has a collection of old style kiwi classic baking with other things like Cornish Pasties and Peanut Brownies. I halved the recipe here as the batch is quite large.
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup plain flour
Just under 1/2 cup raw sugar
1/2 tablespoon golden syrup
1/2 tablespoon boiling water
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
In a saucepan gently melt the butter then add the golden syrup and heat, stirring until thoroughly combined. Place baking soda in a cup then pour the boiling water over. Pour this foaming mixture into the warm butter/golden syrup mix and stir - it should get foamy.
Add the wet to the dry ingredients, stirring with a fork to combine. This particular mix was quite crumbly. When forming the biscuits use a scooped hand place enough mix in your hand to make a mound and squeeze together.
Place handfuls of mix on an oven tray lined with baking paper, this batch made 10 biscuits.
Bake at about 190 degC (again with oven and no temperature gauge) and when they’re brown they’re done - about 12 min.
NB* He hasn’t tried them yet so will wait for the verdict tomorrow - Good Luck in surgery G!
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