Thursday, 27 May 2010

Anzac biscuits for a misadventurer

Legend has it, or maybe its real history, that ladies sent these biscuits to Australian and Kiwi soldiers fighting at Gallipoli in WW1. I made my ANZAC biscuits for an Australian friend who is recovering from a fractured jaw and black eye which he acquired when a couple of good-for-nothings biffed him by the marketplace on the way home. He is not a soldier but he is definitely being brave at the moment, far from home and having to have surgery.

Here is a rather official recipe for ANZAC biscuits (.gov = reliable source no?) from the Australian War Memorial website. That recipe is in cups (boo hiss cups) so I will give you the recipe I followed in metric from the trusty W.I.

115g plain flour, 115g caster sugar, 80g oats, 80g dessicated coconut, 115g, butter, 2 tbsp golden syrup, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 2 tbsp boiling water.

preheat oven to 180 C - mix the dry ingredients together - melt the butter and syrup on a low heat - dissolve the bicarb in the water and stir into the buttery/syrup mix - [watch it go whoosh] - pour the bubbly liquid into the bowl of dry stuff and stir - place spoonfuls of the crumbly mix onto a greased baking tray - bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown - cool for a few minutes on the tray before cooling completely on a wire rack

I have mixed-feelings about Australia but these biscuits are a wholeheartedly good thing. They are are beyond Hobnobs and that statement comes from someone with a pretty serious Hobnob habit. They have both crunch and chew at the same simultaneously and I recommend you bake a batch soon!
Production line
Keep soldiering on Dave! This sort of thing is not supposed to happen in Norwich and it certainly shouldn't of happened to you.
Drink tea. Eat soggy biscuits.
Not being able to chew Dave perused my soup recipe book and 'Team Rave' (Rachel and Dave) made Tomato and Plum soup. I thought it sounded a bit wacky but it tasted really good. Tomatoes are technically fruit so this is just an extra fruity soup. We were rather pleased with the results but especially proud of...
the garnish, look at the garnish!
P.S Thanks to the sunshine I have been late posting this up and in the meantime Dave has been recovering well. Too woozy-headed to stray far from bed for a few days Dave has started a new blog called The Irony Mark, take a look right here.

Also, my current favourite place for a along the Wensum offers this view. I find these cars piled up as if about to fall in to the river rather captivating. Who put them there? What for?

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