Monday, October 27, 2008
A tribute to Australia.....
When my cousin from Australia was coming to Canada for a visit I talked to her about Anzac cookies, known in Australia and not so much here in Canada. After all, they are a custom of Australians (usually women) who while anxiously awaiting the return of their soldiers from WWI would bake these very crunchy cookies and send them abroad. The custom stuck and I've seen several posts about these delightful cookies from our friends down under. When my cousin arrived, I was thrilled that she actually brought me some as well as a recipe from her friend. I've been wanting to recreate these for quite some time and today was the day.
I actually saved a package for PG (one of the two that came) but unfortunately by the time Psychgrad got them they seem to have turned rock hard. If there are any Aussie readers who know how to keep them, I'd appreciate the tip.
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup coconut
1/2 cup butter or margarine (melted)
1 Tbsp golden syrup
2 Tbsp. boiling water
1 tsp soda
1. Mix together oats, flour, sugar and coconut
2. Mix soda with the boiling water, add to melted butter and syrup
3. Add dry ingredients, mix until blended
4. On greased baking sheet, drop by Tbsp.
Note: The mixture seemed dry to me so after I dropped them by tablespoon on to the baking sheet, I pressed down on them slightly with the base of a drinking glass.
5. Bake at 375 F for 10-15 minutes (watch carefully as they can burn rather quickly)
Psychgrad's note: This cousin also brought Lamingtons, which is another recipe I'd like to try.
Giz's comment Obviously Psychgrad and I think alot alike - I have the recipe sitting on my desk right now. The Anzacs were really simple - The Lamingtons look a little more involved.
Oh yes, I know, this has nothing to do with Anzac cookies but when my brother came over with a bag and stuck it in my face and said "smell this", it did peak my interest when I saw what was in the bag. Remember the candy you open, stick your finger into and lick it off and it tastes like deep purple grapes? That's what these grapples smell like.
Thank you to Ivy from Kopiaste for awarding us this lovely award. Yummy is such a descriptive food word, isn't it? Don't we all want to be yummy or some derivitive of that? We'll be sure to share this award with some of our yummy bloggers in another post.