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Scottish Recipes - Anzac Biscuits

These biscuits are thought to originate in Australia or New Zealand, but the reason they are in a Scottish recipe site is that they are thought to be based on Scottish oatcakes. Scotland sent its fair share of emigrants to both these countries and they of course, took some of their customs, food and recipes with them. ANZAC is an acronym for the WW1 Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and the biscuits are a sweet biscuit popular in Australia and New Zealand.

Ingredients (to make around 30 biscuits):
3& 1/2oz / 100g / generous 1/2 cup rolled oats
2& 1/2oz / 70g / 1/2 cup dessicated coconut
4oz /115g / 1 cup plain flour
4oz / 110g / 1 stick butter
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
7oz / 200g / 1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1 tablespoon water

Pre-heat the oven to 150C / 300F / Gas Mark 2. Mix together the oats, coconut, flour and sugar in one bowl. In a seperate bowl melt the syrup and butter together. Mix the bicarbonte of soda with with boiling water and add to melted butter and syrup. Add the liquid to dry ingredients and place a tablespoon of the mixture on a greased tray, allowing room for spreading. Bake in pre-heated oven at 150C / 300F / Gas Mark 2. for 20 minutes. Loosen from the tray while still warm and allow to cool on trays.

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