Tasty, nutritious and easy to make, it’s not surprising that Anzac biscuits are still a popular snack in Australia and New Zealand, particularly on Anzac Day (25 April), which marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
- Porridge oats 85g
- Desiccated coconut 85g
- Plain white flour 100g
- Caster sugar 100g
- Butter 100g, plus extra for greasing
- Golden syrup 1 tbsp
- Bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp
BBC History Magazine team verdict: "I’ve often read that Anzac biscuits were sent out to New Zealand and Australian troops serving in Gallipoli during the First World War. According to the National Army Museum, though, this is a myth and most of these deliciously chewy biscuits were in fact sold at fetes and galas at home, often as part of fundraising efforts. You can imagine, though, that they would have been an ideal biscuit for soldiers: hearty, nutritious and long-lasting.
On a Monday morning, the BBC History Magazine team tucked into a few that had been left in the office all weekend: they still tasted just as good!
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Recipe courtesy of BBC Good Food.
This article was first published in the July 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine