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Old 25 April 2014, 01:25 AM
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It's ANZAC day here. So here is a recipe for ANZAC biscuits. (Australian biscuits are what Americians call cookies.)

ANZAC Biscuits

1 cup rolled oats
cup sugar
1 cup plain flour
1 cup sugar
2 table spoons water
11/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of Soda
6 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon golden syrup

1. Sift flour into a bowl
2. Add rolled oats, sugar and coconuts. Mix well.
3. Combine butter, golden syrup and water in a saucepan
4. Heat until butter melts
5. Add soda, allow to foam and pour immediately into dry ingredients. Mix well.
6. Spoon heaped teaspoonfuls of mixture onto greased oven tray. Allow room for spreading
7. Bake in a slow oven (150C 300F) for 20minutes
8. Loosen and allow to cool

Biscuits will still be quite soft but will firm up on sitting.

Australian teaspoon is 5ml
Australian Tablespoon is 20ml
Australian cup is 250ml
1 tablespoon of butter is 20g so 6 tablespoons is 120g

Golden syrup is a product of sugar production.

I have heard that the recipe was developed for mother, sisters, wives and sweethearts could send a treat to their "Boys" at war, and since they didn't contain eggs they would last the trip over. But I can't find confirmation on-line. (The Australian Military Musuem was a pains to point out that ANZAC biscuits weren't the stable hard "biscuit" issued to the soldiers as a food source, but I have never heard anyone claim this so I don't know what that was about)
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Old 25 April 2014, 04:13 AM
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How do you celebrate ANZAC Day, Dasla?
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Old 25 April 2014, 12:24 PM
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How do you celebrate ANZAC Day, Dasla?

When I am with Mum and Dad we usually go to dawn service but they are in Western Australia so I walked across to the local RSL (returned solders legue) and attended their mid morning service. It was quite well attended with several hundred there, literally standing room only. They had speeches and the captains of the local high schools (school presidents or prefects) did part some of the reading. The local Salvation Army Band played and a choir sang. Various local digintries and other community members laid wreathes including the local scout group.

My only complaint was because of the crowd they had sound system set up and while some people know how to speak into it (for example the school captians) some of the speakers did not and in their case they may as not have had a sound system at all.

Both the New Zealand and Australian National anthems are sung. Although it occurs on the day the ANZACs landed on Gallipoli it now serves to remember victoms of all the wars Australia has served in.
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Old 25 April 2014, 01:48 PM
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So it is sort of like our Memorial Day? Or like Rememberence Day in the UK and Canada?
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Old 25 April 2014, 04:46 PM
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That would be Oatmeal Cookies in North America and they are good though usually made with raisins instead of coconut. Then there are the oatmeal breakfast cookies were they start out as oatmeal cookies but add more fruits, nuts and grains to make it more filling.

Anyway sounds like a good recipe and will have to give a try sometime. Also sounds like a interesting day of remembrance.
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2. Add rolled oats, sugar and coconuts. Mix well.
Where's the amount of coconut specified?

OY
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Old 25 April 2014, 06:32 PM
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So it is sort of like our Memorial Day? Or like Rememberence Day in the UK and Canada?
According to wikipedia, Australia and New Zealand celebrate Armistice day on Novemeber 11 but ANZAC day is considered the more important of the two days as a day or rememberance.
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Old 26 April 2014, 12:16 AM
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Where's the amount of coconut specified?

OY
Oops I missed that

it is 3/4 of a cup.
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Old 26 April 2014, 12:19 AM
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According to wikipedia, Australia and New Zealand celebrate Armistice day on Novemeber 11 but ANZAC day is considered the more important of the two days as a day or rememberance.

Yes we do have a min silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month (Armistice day) but ANZAC day is the main day here (and in New
Zealand) with a public holiday etc.
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Old 26 April 2014, 12:21 AM
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That would be Oatmeal Cookies in North America and they are good though usually made with raisins instead of coconut. Then there are the oatmeal breakfast cookies were they start out as oatmeal cookies but add more fruits, nuts and grains to make it more filling.

Anyway sounds like a good recipe and will have to give a try sometime. Also sounds like a interesting day of remembrance.

I had a feeling that oatmeal cookies were similar but my computer was being particularly slow yesterday so I didn't feel like researching.
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Old 26 April 2014, 12:25 AM
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A wonderfull thing about ANZAC day is although we were attempting to invade Turkey as a devisionary tatic and the lost more soldiers, the Turks are nothing but welcoming now. I wonderful display of grace.
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Old 26 April 2014, 04:06 AM
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IME, oatmeal cookies and ANZAC cookies have a much different texture. I've read that the recipe was invented due to rationing during the war.
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Old 26 April 2014, 04:47 AM
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It is not uncommon for a type of cookie to have different texture depending on exact ingredients, quantities and methods of combining. A good example is chocolate chip cookies, there are soft and gooey, thin and crunchy and thick and chewy.
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