What is Anzac Day and how to make the traditional biscuits?

Anzac biscuits and Australian army hat

Anzac Day observed in Australia and New Zealand (Image: Getty)

Many in the UK will not be aware of Anzac Day, but it is important to those from Australia and New Zealand.

Prince William marked the apartment at Wellington Arch in London and paid tribute to the ‘indomitable spirit’ of the Anzac troops.

He sent the message – along with some Anzac biscuits – to New Zealand’s and Australian High Commissions in the capital.

But what exactly is Anzac Day – and how can you make the traditional delicacies?

Here’s everything you need to know.

What is Anzac Day?

Anzac Day is celebrated every year on April 25 and pays tribute to those who have served in the Australian and New Zealand Armed Forces.

Poppies on a field

Poppies are associated with Anzac Day (Photo: Getty)

‘Anzac’ stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

Corresponding to Britain’s Remembrance Day in November, red poppies used as a symbol of respect, honor and remembrance.

The tradition of honoring Australia and New Zealand soldiers and women began in 1916 and was first introduced to celebrate the contribution of troops in Galipoli, Turkey, which fought against the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

The date is now used as a day of remembrance for all the many contributions the two countries have made to ‘wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations’.

It is a public holiday in both Australia and New Zealand.

What are Anzac Biscuits?

Anzac biscuits are a delicious treat traditionally associated with Anzac Day.

Made using oats, coconut and golden syrup, the oat biscuits were associated with Anzac Day because the same biscuits were believed to have been sent to soldiers during World War I and beyond.

Canned Anzac biscuits

The treat traditionally associated with Anzac Day (Photo: Getty)

The ingredients in the biscuits made them ideal for sending to troops abroad because of their long-lasting durability.

How to make Anzac biscuits

The delicious cookies are incredibly easy to make.

ingredients

  • 85 g oatmeal
  • 85 g dried coconut
  • 100 g plain flour
  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 100 g butter (plus extra butter for lubrication)
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (fan) or otherwise 160°C / gas 4
  2. Pour oats, coconut, flour and sugar into a bowl
  3. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and stir in the golden syrup
  4. Add the bicarbonate of the soda to 2 tablespoons of boiling water, then stir in the golden syrup and butter mixture
  5. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the butter and golden syrup mixture. Stir gently to incorporate the dry ingredients
  6. Place dessert spoons of the mixture (without eating it) on greased baking sheets, approx. 2.5 cm apart to allow space to spread
  7. Bake in portions for 8-10 minutes until golden. Transfer to a rack to cool – and enjoy!

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