Sunday, March 27, 2011

Baking Day... Anzac Biscuits for Morning Tea...

Mixing all ingredients together
Im enjoying having the kids busy and doing things with me - is this what home schooling would be like?, I do wonder. Im not sure how it has been for Mr 10, but today he set about baking some ANZAC biscuits - YUM!.

Recipe in the Edmonds Books
Makes 30, depending on size

1 cup flour
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup desiccated coconut
2 cups rolled oats
125g butter
2 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp baking soda
3 tbsp boiling water

1. Heat oven to 180°C (160°C fan bake). Line two baking trays with nonstick baking paper. Place flour, caster sugar, coconut and oats in a bowl and stir to combine. Make a well in the centre.

2. Place butter and golden syrup in a saucepan to melt, or microwave in a bowl to melt. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water. Add melted ingredients and dissolved baking soda to dry ingredients and mix to combine.

3. Roll spoonfuls into balls and press onto prepared baking trays, allowing space for biscuits to spread while cooking.

4. Bake for 15 minutes or until firm and golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool, and enjoy!

Tip: Stored in an airtight container, Anzac biscuits will last well for up to a week.

Dry ingredients, well in the middle
melting butter and golden syrup

So here are some photos of the last day at home before heading back to school... I hope his teacher enjoys her ANZAC bikky... if they should last that long!

Anzac Biscuit History

Anzac biscuits (originally called Soldiers' biscuits) came into being around 1915 (during World War I) when soldiers' wives and/ or mothers would bake and send the biscuits to the troops stationed overseas. The biscuits were ideal because they were cheap to make (remember that it was the Great Depression), non-perishable (Anzac biscuits contain no eggs or milk) and so didn't need refrigeration, and gave the men some added nutrition and sustenance. As a bonus, the Anzac biscuit recipe is also really quick and easy.

After the now-famous landing of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) in Gallipoli, the biscuits were renamed in honour of those brave soldiers who landed that fateful 25th day of April on the coast of Turkey, now known as Anzac Cove.

Today, Australians and New Zealanders alike pause and reflect on Anzac Day, and take time to remember those fallen soldiers - as well as those who served - in times of war in service to their country, their flag, their people, their customs and traditions, and the freedoms that we enjoy today as a result of those efforts. There are dawn and memorial services held all around the country on Anzac Day which hundreds of thousands of people attend to pay tribute to their forebears.

Now, almost 100 years after their conception, Anzac biscuits are still hugely popular, and are even available to buy commercially in supermarkets. But, as always, the best tasting Anzac biscuits are those you bake at home


Blaises plants havent done too badly through the Storm.

Last night there was a storm, and the wind was horrendous.
The children have been sweeping up the fallen leaves off the yard this morning, it was brisk, but nice to see the sun!  No aftershocks, it as if the weather patterns have changed completely. We sat here and discussed the new noises last night. The wind shook down the southern side of the house, and the rain was whipping in where ever it could... I feel for those who have holes in roofs where chimneys had come down and tiles had come off due to the Earthquake. For them, with the terrible gusts of wind, there was no escaping the wet.

And... Look at this. I think I ll keep him :)

Im not even sure he was aware this was taken...And Thats about me for now...

Love and Light 
From My Hearth to Yours
Earth Butterfly

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