I’ve had houseguests for the last few days, which is why I haven’t posted for a little while – too busy eating, drinking and being merry to find time to sit down at the computer! I’ve managed a bit of DIY though, mostly food-based. One thing I used to make in Oz quite often is Anzac biscuits. If you don’t know what they are, they were popular biscuits in the first world war as they don’t have any egg or milk, which were rationed a lot apparently. So the mums would send these biscuits over to the boys in the war, and the high sugar content meant they’d stay fresh for the trip. Fast forward about a hundred years and us Aussies are still eating them due to the tastiness.
The reason I hadn’t made them in so long was that I couldn’t find any golden syrup here in Germany, but my lovely friends smuggled some over for me. Yay!
So on the weekend I got cooking. You can find a million recipes online with little variation – why mess with a good thing, right? Mine goes like this:
2 cups self-raising flour (I used a mix of wholemeal and white this time)
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups raw or brown sugar
1.5 cups desiccated coconut
6 tablespoons golden syrup
a pinch of nutmeg, two pinches cinnamon (if you’re into that sort of thing)
A few tablespoons of boiling water
Melt the butter and syrup together in a double boiler. While that’s mixing into a melty soup of deliciousness, mix the dry ingredients together. Make a well in the middle and pour the butter-syrup mix in, mixing as you pour. Mis with a spoon at first as it’ll be damn hot to start with. Once it’s mostly mixed through, put the spoon aside and mix by hand. If it seems a little crumbly, pour in a bit of hot water. You want it to be able to stick together. Roll into balls like so:
As you can see it’s messy work, and you might need an assistant on call in case you need a bit more water. don’t flatten the balls when you put them on the tray, they flatten themselves as they cook 🙂 Cook for 15-20mins at 200 degrees.
I actually put a little too much butter in this mix so it turned into Anzac slice, but it still tasted yummy!
Eat and enjoy 🙂
Hope you’ve had a great week,