Anzac Day

1/04/2010

Anzac Day - 25 April - is the day on which we commemorate the sacrifice of members of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corp which fought at Gallipoli in Turkey in World War One, as well as other military personnel who have lost their lives in conflicts since.

 

This is a rare remembrance day in that it brings together two nations and is marked around the world.

Anzac Day first began to be marked with a dawn service in the 1920s and these services, complete with the Last Post, are held at war memorials all over the country.

Another way to commemorate Anzac Day is to eat the famous biscuits. These were first made by the womenfolk of World War One soldiers who came up with the recipe for a biscuit that was packed with as many nutrients as possible and wouldn’t spoil on the long journey to the front. Although originally called Soldiers’ Biscuits, the name was changed to commemorate the landings at Gallipoli, and the Country Women’s Association, church groups, schools and other women’s organisations devoted much of their time to making them and sending them to the front in used airtight containers, such as the famous Billy Tea tins.

Why not bake your own biscuits this Anzac day?

Ingredients are:

Half a cup sugar
1 cup flaked oatmeal
125g melted butter
1 tbspn golden syrup
1 cup coconut
1 cup flour
1 level tspn bicarb soda
2 tbspns boiling water

Directions: Preheat the oven to 190 – 200 degrees C. Mix all the dry ingredients together, pour in the melted butter, add soda and syrup dissolved in boiling water, and mix well. Drop in small pieces on an oven tray (as they melt out to become large biscuits) and bake for 20 minutes.


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