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ANZAC biscuits

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Allie Reynolds, Culinary Historian

Crispy, or Chewy? It’s a tough decision! While searching for the origin of the ANZAC biscuit, Allie has sifted through a mountain of recipes to come up with her favourite crispy and chewy versions. 

 

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes

  • Cooking time: 15 minutes for CHEWY or 20-25 minutes for CRISPY

  • Serves: 30-32

Ingredients for Crispy ANZACs

  • 1 cup / 5 ½ oz / 150g plain flour
  • 1 cup / 3 oz / 90g Rolled Oats
  • ¾ Cup / 2oz / 60g Desiccated Coconut
  • ½ cup / 3 ½ oz / 100g Caster Sugar
  • 4 ½ oz / 125g butter
  • 2 tablespoons Golden Syrup
  • ½ teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 2 Tablespoons Boiling Water

Ingredients for Chewy ANZACs

  • ½ cup / 3 oz / 75g plain Flour
  • ½ cup / 3 0z / 75g SR Flour
  • 1 cup / 3 oz / 90g Rolled Oats
  • ¾ cup / 2 oz / 60g Desiccated Coconut
  • ½ cup / 3 ½ oz / 100g Caster sugar
  • 4 ½ oz / 125g Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Golden Syrup
  • ½ teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tablespoon Boiling Water 

Method

Pre-heat oven to 170C / 325F /150C Fan Forced / Gas 3.

Line 2 large baking trays with baking parchment or lightly grease.

Mix flour, oats, desiccated coconut and sugar in a large bowl. 

Melt the butter with the golden syrup in a large pan over medium heat, then remove the pan from heat.

Combine boiling water and bicarbonate of soda; add to butter mixture and mix well (it will froth up).

Stir into dry ingredients until combined.

Take teaspoons of the mixture and roll into a ball – put on trays allowing room for spreading, makes 30 -32 biscuits.

Press the biscuits down firmly to flatten using the back of a dessertspoon.

For CRISPY:

  • Bake for 20 -25 minutes until golden brown.
  • Remove trays from oven and leave biscuits on the baking tray to firm up, leave until completely cool about 10 minutes.

For CHEWY:

  • Bake for 15 minutes until light golden brown.
  • Remove trays from the oven but leave biscuits on the trays for five minutes to firm up before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Store in an airtight tin.

 

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