Thursday, 4 June 2015

Bake a Batch of these Cookies

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 Wallace Simpson was asked what did she think of the Queen Mother and the story goes her answer was simply, "Too many cookies."
But then what else would you expect from some one who was famous for saying you can't be too rich or too thin.

That being said I'm not a big cookie fan myself but I live with someone who is.  Hubby loves his biscuit with his tea, a happening many times a day.  So I do like to keep a cookie stash in the freezer for him.

Every  April, the Battle of Gallipoli is commemorated on the 25th.  This was a significant campaign of the the First World War and one in which Newfoundland, at the time not a part of Canada, took part. That battle was especially significant for Australia and New Zealand as it is credited with contributing to a newfound sense of national identity and pride.

ANZAC is the acronym for Australian and New Zealnad Army Corps and a special cookie known as the Anzac Biscuit appeared around the time of the Gallipoli Campaign.  We believe these cookies were made to sell to raise money for the war efforts and also to send to the soldiers away fighting.  These days there are many slightly varying recipes and they are also available commercially though I've never seen them around here.

A couple of  Anzac cookie recipes circled among my Newfoundland friends on Facebook back in April and I noted the ingredients were ones Hubby would enjoy so I added one of them to my Favourite file.  Yesterday I baked him a batch.

Anzac Biscuits

1 cup quick cooking oats                 3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup flaked coconut                     1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour                                       1 tbsp. golden syrup
1 tsp. baking soda                            2 tbsp. boiling water

Mix oats, coconut, flour and sugar together.  In a saucepan, heat the syrup and butter. Mix the baking soda and boiling water and add to the syrup/butter mixture.  Add this to the dry ingredients and mix well.  
Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes till golden brown.

It is a rather simple dough, not fussy to make, no eggs to beat, and makes up quickly.  I think the coconut definitely adds to the flavour. You have to make sure the baking soda fizzes in the boiling water as this adds to the liquid amount.  But even with that, my dough seemed a little dry so I added a couple tablespoons of water and used my hands to form the dough into balls. You can make these as big or small as you like.

 Anyway, Hubby loved them and I enjoyed one as well.  They really go well with a cup of tea.
  Another great biscuit/cookie recipe to add to my file.