On a day of remembrance, that is so very (and rightfully) entrenched in Australian and New Zealand cultures, I couldn’t resist warming up the oven this morning to make a batch of iconic ANZAC day biscuits. I actually remember making batch after batch of these little biscuits with a friend when I was younger, and we would take them in to the ANZAC parade and hand them out to all the diggers! But today, instead of rolling the tasty mix into individual biscuits, I went down a different path and made an ANZAC slice instead. Drizzled with dark chocolate (you know, because we haven’t been eating lot of chocolate lately….?!) The slice used all the traditional ingredients – oats, coconut, flour, sugar – brought together with golden syrup, butter and the ‘bubbly’ bi carb soda. Baked in a moderately slow oven for half an hour or so, then cooled in the pan – before being drizzled with some melted dark chocolate. The end result was a slice that had crunchier outer pieces, and softer middle pieces – that should (hopefully) keep everyone’s ANZAC texture preferences happy?! But for now – the slice is all packed up and ready to accompany us to the rugby tonight. ANZAC Slice (makes 18 pieces)
- 1 cup rolled oats (not quick oats)
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 3/4 cup caster sugar
- 125g butter
- 2 tbs golden syrup
- 1tsp bi-carb soda
- 2 tbs boiling water
- Dark chocolate melts
- Preheat oven to 160C. Grease and line a slice pan.
- Combine oats, flour, coconut and sugar in a medium bowl.
- Melt butter and golden syrup in a saucepan over a low heat. Meanwhile, dissolve the bi-carb in the boiling water. Add to the butter mixture, stirring until the mixture bubbles / froths.
- Pour the warm butter mixture into the oat mixture, and stir until well combined.
- Press into the lined slice pan, and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
- Melt the dark chocolate, and drizzle over the slice. Stand the slice at room temperature until set, then cut into pieces to serve.
What about you? Aus / NZ readers, how did you commemorate ANZAC day this year?