With Anzac Day tomorrow, this weeks post just HAD to be the one and only Anzac biscuit (mmm, don’t mind me, I’m just chomping on one as I type). This is (yet again) one of those recipes that features the magic ingredient… golden syrup. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – anything containing golden syrup is just so-so-so good. I learnt recently through a blog in the US that golden syrup isn’t that common over there!?! Really? Tragedy!
When I was a little girl I used to cook out of my older sister’s cook book ‘Junior Cook‘ by Mary Pat Fergus. It’s super retro with step by step instructions and features really cute illustrations (check out my instagram for a peek at the cover). It’s falling apart from much loved over-use, but I managed to inherit it from her. I’d say 80% of its’ cake recipes include golden syrup and they’re all delicious! Because the book was written mainly for children, the recipes are always easy and always work – guaranteed success!
I popped down to the Fitzroy market on Saturday with my friend Amy (head Picklet of Pickle Club), and managed to find a few little props and nik-naks that will no doubt feature on the blog at some point in time. After the market I poked my head into Parts & Crafts – my friend Robby C’s zine shop. After a good old chin-wag and a flick through some colourful zines, I wandered up to another fantastic market, Finders Keepers. I couldn’t believe just how many incredibly talented people they squeezed into one space! The stunning ceramic work of locals The Mod Collective was particularly impressive – I could have spent a fortune at their stall! I can’t wait to photograph the two small bowls I purchased but I’ll save that for a future post. :)
After the double market mission I was delighted to return home to find my new internet purchase waiting at the door… a Bokashi bucket. Yes, our household is going green (or perhaps just a tad greener). I was totally inspired by The Little Veggie Patch Co. book that I had won a few weeks back, and have been desperately trying to plant a healthier looking garden. Bokashi to the rescue!
To all Aussie readers I hope you have a relaxing Anzac day tomorrow. Remember to take a minute and think of those brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for us. Enjoy your Anzac bikkies. ;)
Recipe by Cathie Lonnie
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup desiccated coconut
125g butter, chopped
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1. Preheat oven to 160°C.
2. Combine oats, flour, sugar and coconut in a bowl. Place butter, syrup and 2 tablespoons cold water in a bowl and microwave until all butter has melted. Stir in bicarbonate of soda and pour into the oat mixture.
3. Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls and place on lined baking trays. Give them a bit of room and flatten slightly with a fork. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden. Like crunchy anzacs? Just bake them for a little longer – 15 mins should do it. Let cool slightly then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.