25th April is the day we remember those who gave their lives in war. Ninety nine years ago the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps fought for freedom at Gallipoli; many lost their lives; many came home changed men.
World War 11 [1939 - 1945] followed, more death and despair, the Korean War [1950 - 1953], the Vietnam War 1962 - 1975], and now the Afghanistan conflict [2001 - ] continue to take the lives of young men, leaving widows and fatherless children to lead some semblance of a normal life. Some, too many, who come home are so seriously affected they can no longer face life; truly a great sadness.
Women left at home attempt to bring some normality to their loved ones serving abroad, and in World War 1 a recipe for a 'good keeper' sweet treat was concocted. The result ... Anzac biscuits, that are a firm favourite with the home-maker who bakes not only around ANZAC Day, but throughout the year.
Not having an oven I buy biscuits. Last year ANZAC biscuits were sold in a tin; and this year I found two different tins full of these chewy biscuits in the supermarket. I bought one which will be used as is it's last year companion, as a storage container for sweet treats.
120 g butter
1 tblsp golden syrup
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup plain flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup rolled oats
2 tblsp boiling water
Sift flour and salt. Melt butter and golden syrup on stove, dissolve baking soda in boiling water. Mix all ingredients together, roll into balls and place on tray lined with baking paper leaving room to spread. Bake in moderate oven 350° F 15 minutes or until golden. Cool on a wire rack before serving.