Sunday, 19 April 2015

Comfort Food ~ Anzac Biscuits

Are you , like me ,reaching for comfort food on a cool, windy day.

I can only imagine the comfort it brought to the diggers in the trenches.
This is a straight forward recipe and easy to follow instructions - prep is 10 mins tops.

I'm too lazy to bake much, or complicated recipes - so need all the help I can get.

Anzac biscuits have a slightly crunchy texture with oaty, golden syrup flavour. Usually ,they are crunchier on the outside the day of baking and softer the next. I imagine they were hard tack by the time they reached the 'boys'.

It has been claimed the biscuits were sent by wives to soldiers abroad because the ingredients do not spoil easily and the biscuits kept well during naval transportation.

Makes about 20-25 biscuits.

125g butter
2 tablespoons (40ml) golden syrup

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup plain flour
2/3 cup raw sugar or raw caster sugar

2 tablespoon (40ml) boiling water
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Preheat oven to 160 ° C or  (140 ° fan-forced).
Baking one tray of biscuits at a time : use the oven rack in the centre of the oven.
Bake two trays of biscuits at a time : with one oven rack in the upper half of the oven and one in the lower half of the oven.

I didn't line my baking trays with baking paper (because I've run out ...that's how I roll) - they didn't stick thankfully. I also made mini Anzac biscuits in a muffin tin because I ran out of tray space.

  1. Combine oats, coconut, flour and sugar together in a large bowl and mix dry ingredients well. 
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt butter and golden syrup , stirring occasionally. When butter has melted, combine bicarbonate of soda and boiling water in a small bowl and stir into butter and golden syrup mixture. It foams and doubles in size.
  3. Add butter mix to dry ingredients and mix until well combined. 
  4. Place firmly packed tablespoons of the mixture about 5-6cm apart on the trays - they can also be rolled into balls. (I didn't and I forgot to flatten them till right about now)
  5. Slightly flatten the balls with a fork. Bake for about 15 minutes, until biscuits are golden brown but still soft 
  6. Longer cooking times will result in a crispier, drier biscuit.
  7. Cool biscuits on trays , or transfer to wire racks. Cooled biscuits store best in an airtight container.
  8. Serve with your favourite tea ...enjoy !

Tonight, I'm grateful - we have a ute load full of chopped wood , from a long ago fallen tree. A friend cuts it for us, in return for us letting him chop his own wood.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Wordless Wednesday : Mysterious Grass Trees - Twin Sentinels

Taller than the twins

Xanthorrhoea acaulis - A Grass tree  ?
Xanthorrhoea glauca subsp.agustifolia Grass Tree ?
Xanthorrhoea johnsonii -Johnson's Grass Tree ?

These magnificant Grass Trees grow one to two centimetres per year -possibly over 100yrs old. Grass trees have a life span of up to 600 years - finally three years of searching our property we found them after a neighbour told us of their existence.

If you come visit you'll have to find them !

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Taking Stock - April

Making : A Mess when I bake or cook.
Cooking : Waffles in my new waffle machine - just DIVINE .
Drinking : Copious cups of tea to stay warm lately ...waiting for wine o clock.
Reading: "Embrace" ( just finished The Husband's Secret - a page turner)
Wanting: Rissotto for dinner - not happening :(
Looking: More curvy than I want to be
Playing: UNO with the lads
Wasting: Celery - I bought for juicing and kept putting it off.
Sewing: ? Not happening -repairs are in the basket or shoved somewhere till I set up my machine.
Wishing: Someone would come and do my sewing
Enjoying: Shopping for clothes with my bargain hunting boys
Waiting: For 5 o clock !
Liking: Sleeping in during school holidays
Why bad things happen - devoid of reasoning.
Loving: The first fire of the season.
Hoping: I get my replacement part for my soup maker, soon.

Marvelling: at special effects in "Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb"
Needing: A holiday a Cruise.
Smelling: Seriously -you don't want to know it's down below.
Wearing: gym gear because it's too much effort to change and too early - because we're going out for dinner.
Following: My kids around picking up lolly and chocolate wrappers (oh and before that their Easter eggs)
Noticing: Friends going through a very difficult time and deciding to help
That it was the right thing to do.
Thinking: Why I bother waiting till 5pm - since no-one is watching !
Bookmarking: How to make a Cat tent from a t-shirt.
Opening: Packages - I got two surprise packages (with chocolate and toothpaste) from Colgate and Oral B on the same day LOL.
Giggling: The tooth pinata was a riot.

Feeling: Grateful for rain over Easter , Sunshine today and new adventures in the wings.

Taking Stock is Thanks to Pip at Meet Me at Mikes.
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