There is a dawn service and I will be attending. At dawn. AKA: Really early in the morning on a Public Holiday.
I'm not complaining... I'm just sayin' these cookies might help with the early morning wake up. And they will be a welcome addition to the morning coffee. You see, on ANZAC day in stead of putting milk in your coffee... you put rum. Or maybe both. I'm not sure what that's all about but it's what they do here, and who am I to question tradition? They also play a game called Two Up at 2pm that is (and get this...) ONLY legal on Anzac Day. The game consists of heavy betting over the results of two coins being tossed at one time.
What a country.
As an honourary Australian, I have taken it upon myself to bake the cookie that has taken the ANZAC name. Apparently these Anzac Biscuits were often sent to soldiers abroad by their wives. The cookies keep very well and didn't spoil during transportation overseas.
I made a couple batches of these. I'm not sure if I've got them exactly right yet either. Some people like the really crunchy, some like them chewy. It is a national debate of sorts. These are more on the soft and chewy side. But with a bit longer baking time, they had a crisp exterior.
You should bake them! And Remember some ANZACS. :)
Traditional (Vegan) Anzac Biscuits
1 1/4 c. flour1 c. oats 1/2 c. raw caster sugar 3/4 c. cup shredded or desicated coconut 2 tbsp golden syrup 150g nutlex (or other butter substitute - earth balance etc) 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 1/2 tbsp. boiling water
Preheat your oven to 170*C. Mix all the dry ingredients first, flour, oats, coconut & sugar.
Heat up the golden syrup and butter on medium in a small saucepan until fully melted and combined. Now mix the baking soda and 1 1/2 tbsp of boiling water in a separate small bowl. Combine the two mixtures (be careful as it will foam up quite a bit). Make sure you have removed the butter mixture from the heat when you do this.
No add the wet to the dry and combine well. Place tablespoons of the mixture on a lined baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.