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ANZAC biscuits – crunchy or chewy?

Weekend Catch-Up chef and Our State on a Plate presenter Stuart Laws gave 6PR listeners two recipes for delicious ANZAC biscuits. Plus an idea to make a gourmet dessert with these moreish treats.

Original ANZAC biscuit recipe

• 2 level cups / 200g / 6 oz rolled oats
• 1 level cup / 125g / 4 1/2 oz plain flour
• 1/2 cup / 105g / 3 1/2 oz granulated sugar
• 125g butter
• 1 extra generous Tbsp golden syrup
• 1 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
• 2 tbsp. boiling water

1. Pre-set oven 150C, and line two baking trays with baking paper.
2. Put the oats, flour and sugar into a large bowl and mix well.
3. Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat, dip tablespoon in hot water and then use to measure the golden syrup, stir till dissolved and just coming to the boil – remove from heat source (but don’t allow it to cool).
4. Stir the bicarbonate of soda with the measured boiling water until its dissolved then add to the pan of hot melted butter and golden syrup.
5. Stir until it ‘froths up’- immediately add to the dry ingredients and mix all together.
6. Taking teaspoons or a flat dessert spoon of the mixture – place it in your hand, bring together by rolling into a ball, place 5 cm apart on the baking sheet (they will spread).
7. The biscuits need to be flattened slightly – use the base of a glass or, press down with a fork dipped in a little flour (this will stop it sticking).
8. Put trays in a pre heated oven for 15 – 18 minutes until golden (they will still be soft)
9. Leave the biscuits on the trays for 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. When the biscuits are cold store them in an air tight tin.

Modern ANZAC Biscuit Recipe

• 1 cup each of rolled oats, sugar and coconut
• 1 tablespoon syrup
• 3/4 cup flour
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (dissolved in 2 tablespoons boiling water)

1. Pre-set oven 150C, and line two baking trays with baking paper.
2. Melt butter.
3. Add syrup to dissolved soda and water. Combine with melted butter.
4. Mix dry ingredients and stir in liquid.
5. Place small balls onto buttered tray and bake in moderate oven.
6. Cool on trays

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