One of the food items that women in both countries (Oz and NZ) sent to soldiers during WW1 was a hard, long-keeping biscuit that could survive the journey by sea, and still remain edible. These were known as Soldiers' Biscuits, but after the Gallipoli landings (for the Istanbul raid) in 1915, they became known as Anzac Biscuits. Soldiers themselves may have made a similar form of biscuit from ingredients they had on hand: water, sugar, rolled oats and flour. The traditional Anzac Biscuit is hard and flat - ideal for dunking in tea and then eating. During the First World War, some soldiers used broken biscuits to make a form of porridge to add some variety to their diet.
Melt 115g butter and 1.5 tablespoons of golden syrup in a saucepan. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda (or bi-carb soda) dissolved in 2 tablespoons of boiling water. Once this mixture thickens, you will need to pour it into the following mixture quickly.
In a seperate bowl, mix in: 1 cup of rolled oats, 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of dessicated coconut, ½ cup of sugar.Mix in the liquid mixture. You should have now a semi-gooey ball of dough. If you find the dough is too dry, you may add butter.
Drop tablespoons of the mixture onto baking paper, and bake until a pale golden colour (about 15 minutes) at 180°C. Once out of the oven, leave to harden, and enjoy!
|A Bikkie and A Cuppa!! Perfect snack :)|
This recipe is best served with a "cuppa," or cup of tea :) Let me know what you think!