First World War women at home wanted to send a tasty and healthy
treat to their soldiers who were fighting overseas.
It took a long time for food
to reach the soldiers because it had to be sent by ship. There were no
fridges on these ships. So the women had to find a recipe for biscuits
that would still be OK to eat 2 months after they had been baked!
They came up with a Scottish
recipe that used: rolled oats, sugar, flour, coconut, butter, golden
syrup, baking soda and boiling water. The rolled oats help to give
you energy. Instead of using golden syrup they could have used eggs,
but the eggs would have gone off! Eggs are used in biscuits to make them
Lots of groups of people
made ANZAC biscuits to send to the soldiers, including church groups
and schools. They would pack the biscuits into air tight tins to
stop them from going soggy.
In World War 2 they didn't
make so many biscuits, why do you think this would be? ANZAC biscuits
are yummy, try making some!
This recipe comes from the New Zealand
1 cup coconut
1/2 teaspoon Bicarb of Soda
1 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon golden syrup
2 tablespoons boiling water
1. Mix together flour,
sugar, coconut and rolled oats.
2. Melt butter and golden
3. Dissolve Bicarb Soda
in boiling water and add to butter and golden syrup.
3. Make a well in the
centre of the flour, stir in the liquid.
4. Place spoonfuls on
a greased tray.
5. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes
at 180 degrees Celsius / 350 degrees Fahrenheit.