Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Anzac Biscuits and Random Bakes of Kindness

A little while ago Vanessa, author of the brilliant 'Prepped', received a phenomenal response to her brilliant 'Random Bakes of Kindness'. The premise is simple- bake a little extra for that someone in your life who deserves a little kindness.

With a great big shout of 'I'm in!' I set about making these Anzac Biscuits.

These are brilliant biscuits to bake. Chew, oaty, with a sweet hit of coconut. Excellent dunking-in-a-hot-drink abilities. Dead easy and they last forever. Well, in theory they last forever. Unless, like me, its your first time making them. The 'testing' process should always be quite thorough with first bakes.

To be more specific they'll last about one month in an airtight container.

You see they were originally baked to send to soldiers serving in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) in Gallipoli. The biscuits would keep well on their long journey overseas.

In keeping with Vanessa's plan, I made these for someone who not only has been through a rough time recently but also, due to a range of allergies, is usually unable to help me with enjoying cakes and eating sweet things. But these biscuits were able to be eaten and, I hope, went down a treat.

Anzac Biscuits

85g porridge oats
85g desiccated coconut
100g plain flour
100g caster sugar
100g butter, plus extra to grease
1 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp bicarbonate of sugar

1. Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/Gas Mark 4
2. Put the oats, coconut, flour and sugar in a bowl
3. Melt the butter over a gentle heat in small pan and stir in the golden syrup. Add the bicarbonate to 2 tbsps of boiling water then stir into the syrup and butter mixture
4. Make a well in the middle of the dried ingredients and pour in the butter and syrup mixture. Stir to incorporate all the ingredients
5. Put dessertspoons of the mixture onto buttered baking sheets, allowing space for spreading of the biscuits
6. Bake in batches for 8-10 minutes until golden


  1. Adorable little biscuits! Isn't it great sharing like this!?

  2. These are one of my favourite biscuits, they certainly won't last a month, lucky if it lasts a day:)

  3. WONDERFUL Kate! I love anzacs too!

  4. LOVE Anzac biscuits!! So easy to make, so yummy, and they make me very nostalgic. Can I back you up when you say they are chewy - a crunchy Anzac is so wrong!

  5. I was only thinking of ANZAC biccies last night! What a lovely treat to bake for someone. I've baked and shared my random act too, must get around to posting it!!

  6. Do they really keep for 4 weeks? I'm beginning to collect recipes for homemade baking to send to my son as he may be serving in Afghanistan next year and these sound (and look) ideal.
    I'm going to try them and then they will be at the top of my list. Thank you so much Kate ;-)

  7. They look delicious, I love anzac biscuits :-)

  8. I've heard of ANZAC biccies over the years but never had the urge to make them until now. Your kindness post is most inspiring! Good luck with the cycling mega-marathon too. I have a road bike and know all about the soreness and ice packs in unmentionable places afterwards. LOL. But oh the joys of doing all this for charity!

  9. A lovely story - I'd heard of Anzac biscuits but never knew the origin of their name or seen a recipe. Very tempted to make this as my own RBOK.

  10. Ah I've been seeing lots of lovely posts for the RBOK - only just found out about it today so hoping to get something done for the next one, I have a person in mind! These look scrummy, I've seen Anzacs appearing in various books but never really got the urge to make them, however they do sound rather nice!

  11. Thank you for all youe comments- I've really been enjoying reading everyone's RBOK, it is such a great idea! Lovely to read I'm not the only fan of Anzac biscuits out there. And we kept ours for well over two weeks A Trifle Rushed- they still tasted very good. I'm sorry to say I can't quite recall where I found the 'four weeks' information, but I'll look over my reading and email you when I find out for certain.


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