This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Dorie’s Cookies is a special one for me. First of all, it’s ANZAC biscuits, like possibly my favorite ever biscuit (cookie). Second of all, I get a shoutout in the headnote of this recipe (because when the one and only Dorie emails you asking for your ANZAC biscuit recipe for her new book, you hop right on that!). So cool! My name in print!
What’s ANZAC Day, I hear you ask…
April 25th commemorates The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landing on the shores of Gallipoli in World War 1. Every year, ANZAC Day is day of remembrance where Australians and New Zealanders honour the memory of those who have served and died in all military operations.
Though the ANZAC biscuit does have a wartime association, it’s origins can actually be can be traced back to Scotland’s famous oat cakes. During World War I, mothers, wives and girlfriends would send food care packages to men serving in the war, concerned for their nutritional welfare. The problem was the ships carrying the packages would sometimes take over two months to arrive, so any food had to be edible after that long without refrigeration. The ANZAC biscuit only contains a few ingredients, none of which spoil quickly (no eggs).
During the war, eggs were scarce, so the binding agent is the golden syrup (I’ve successfully used sweet brown rice syrup at a pinch). The biscuits were packed in tins such as airtight tea tins and were dubbed ANZAC biscuits after the landing at Gallipoli. ANZAC biscuits are one of the few products able to be legally marketed in Australia using the word ANZAC which is protected by Federal Legislation
Dorie’s version of my recipe uses sweetened coconut (I use unsweetened) and cuts down on the sugar by half (because, really, a whole cup was kinda a lot LOL!). And the result? Mr Neil says these were the best version yet (he’s eaten a lot!). Harrumph. Just kidding. Kinda sorta.
Get the recipe for Dorie’s ANZAC biscuits on p 159 of Dorie’s Cookies. Get MY recipe for ANZAC biscuits here.
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