(Makes around 50 biscuits)
A New Zealand classic. The tradition goes that during the First World War, ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) soldiers were sent these from home as they keep for ages.
3/4 cup plain flour
1 3/4 cups rolled oats
1 1/3 cups coconut
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup Tart Apple Syrup
1/4 cup boiling water
1 tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
Preheat oven to 180 C
In a large bowl combine flour, rolled oats, coconut, and sugar and make a well in the middle. Melt butter and apple syrup in a small saucepan.
In a separate small bowl, add boiling water to baking soda then pour into butter and apple syrup It will foam and then should be poured into the dry ingredients.
Place teaspoon-size balls on a cold, greased tray with a little space in-between to allow for spreading.
Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until dark golden brown.
While still warm, remove to a cooling rack with a spatula.
Other good things to add to ANZAC biscuits:
Chopped nuts, walnuts, macadamia or pecan nuts.
Pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, chopped dried apricots, chocolate chips.