Anzac Biscuits: A recipe with History

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This is a Jamie Oliver recipe, I made some tweaks as I didn’t have golden syrup and instead used honey, and baking powder instead of bicarbonate of soda and added a little pinch of cinnamon (but you can not to).

I also used coconut sugar as I had a pack I recently bought and really wanted a recipe I could try it with and this one looked great. Coconut sugar derives from the coconut palm tree and it´s being very much used to replace white refined sugar….and I wanted to try!

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1-  These are absolutely delicious! Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside and definitely the orange zest gives a fantastic flavour to the all biscuit.

2- Perfect to bake with kids: you make the mixture of the dry ingredients and then the one of the liquid ones and let them mix both and play with their hands, and make little dough balls.

INGREDIENTS 

  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 2 tbps honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 120g plain flour
  • 80g rolled oats
  • 100g coconut sugar or golden caster sugar
  • 80g desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla flavour
  • zest of 1 orange
  • pinch (small) cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Line 2 large baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  2. Melt the butter in a small pan over a low heat, then stir in the honey. In a small bowl, combine the baking powder with 3 tablespoons of boiling water, then stir it into the butter mixture.
  3. Combine the flour, oats, sugar and coconut in a medium bowl. Make a well in the middle, then add the butter mixture, vanilla, cinnamon and orange zest. Give the wet ingredients a good mix, then gradually stir in the dry ingredients to combine.
  4. Place little balls of dough into the baking trays, leaving a rough 3cm gap between each one. Place in the hot oven for around 10 minutes, or until golden, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely. After 5 minutes into the oven I quickly with the back of a spoon pressed the dough down and left them of an extra 5 minutes. I like them with a bit of a rough look. 

After so much dedicated work from T, I thought it would only be fare to share some of his biscuits Art.

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