There’s something very primary school about ANZAC biscuits. In fact, I think we actually made them once at primary school…although that memory is a little foggy. ANZAC biscuits are a tradition in Australia, and they come in many different forms. Whether you like the good ol’ crunchy supermarket ones (you know the ones I mean, right?), or the enormous oat-based ones that are more like giant pancakes, there’s an ANZAC biscuit out there for everyone. Even those of us who are gluten-free!
Before I go any further, a note about oats (hey, that rhymes!). I think I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating: if you are a coeliac, or have highly sensitive gluten intolerance, be sure to get certified gluten-free oats. Oats are frequently processed in factories that make wheat-based products, so the likelihood of contamination is high. If you buy from a gluten-free certified producer, however (such as Bob’s Red Mill, which is what I use), the oats are guaranteed to have been processed in a gluten-free facility, thus making them safe for coeliacs and other gluten-free folks. Yay!
So–back to the biscuits. My ANZAC biscuits are roughly half-oats-half-flour, as I prefer them to have a chewier, crumblier texture. I also didn’t add any sugar to this recipe, as the golden syrup really makes them sweet enough. Once you have combined all the ingredients, the mix will be quite wet, and as a result, the biscuits will probably still be a little soft, even after 20-25 minutes in the oven. Do not despair. So long as the biscuits are dry on top, and relatively firm underneath, they will be fine. They will harden more as they cool down and the butter content becomes solid again. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of the biscuits, so just keep checking around the 20-25 minute mark until you think they’re ready. I wouldn’t really recommend cooking them for any longer than 25 minutes, though, as you will end up with a distinct burnt sugar flavour (which isn’t necessarily bad, but it’s not the effect I was going for here).
I hope you all have a lovely long weekend, especially if you are celebrating ANZAC day with a veteran or remembering someone who has served. Let me know if the comment below how these biscuits turned out! Happy baking!