Sunday, April 22, 2012

Baking ANZAC Biscuits

Adam and I are actually on Lite'n'Easy at the moment. For multiple reasons. For the light, and also for the ease. Both being shift-workers, we had both gotten into bad food habits and were spending WAY too much on food. Lite'n'Easy is a temporary fix, but it is definitely doing it's job. It's calorie counting and portion control all done for you. We've both lost weight (I can fit into my jeans again - wahoo!), and my stomach capacity has definitely shrunk. I could barely get through a third of a delicious Grill'd burger when out to lunch with Chloe, much to my dismay. Lucky I had with-held and not purchased those rosemary fries! So delicious.
I'm certainly not missing going grocery shopping and cooking dinner after finishing my 10 hour shifts. It's so nice to have dinner finished and a clean kitchen within less than half an hour of being home. But every now and then, I do miss cooking. Last week I decided I wanted to bake some biscuits.
I consulted my Hen's Tea Party Recipe Book. This book was made by  our family friends Donna and Jiorgie. All the girls invited to my Hen's Party were asked to provide a recipe to add to the book. I love it! I was flicking through the Sweets section and found Lady Mausey's recipe for ANZAC biscuits. That's my awesome Nan, for those not in the know! I am a big fan of ANZAC biscuits, have never baked them before and being that ANZAC Day is almost here I decided that recipe was a definite winner.
I had to text Lady Mausey to clarify a few things before I started. Yes, you read right. My Nan can text message. And yes, she can e-mail and has her own Facebook profile. She can even use the Google. But enough about how super cool and up-to-date my Nan is. Here's the recipe:

ANZAC Biscuits

1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup desiccated coconut
quarter pound of butter (google tells me that is 113grams)
1 tablespoon golden syrup
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons boiling water
pinch of salt

Step One
Preheat your oven to a moderate heat (170-180degrees Celsius).
Melt the butter and syrup in a saucepan.
Step Two
Add boiling water and baking soda.
Step Three
Add liquid mixture to all the dry ingredients. ANd mix to combine.
Step Four
Keep your husband out of the mixture.
First he tried to sabotage my photography attempts.
 Then I caught him red-handed getting into the mixture!
The Real Step Four
Roll mixture into balls and place on biscuit baking tray. I line my tray with baking paper, and squash the balls down a little. If the mixture is too dry, add a tiny bit more water.
Give them some decent space between each biscuit as they do seem to spread. My first tray ended up like a massive singular ANZAC biscuit. 

Step Five
Bake in oven for approximately 10-12 minutes or until golden.
Biscuits will be soft when removed from the oven, and will harden when left to cool.

Step Six
Eat them, share them with family and friends. They're simple, easy and delicious! Almost a hundred years ago now, during World War One, wives would bake and send these biscuits to their husbands serving in the war (hence the name!).

Lest we forget.