Today is ANZAC Day – a very special day in both New Zealand and Australia, where soldiers who have given their lives in the armed forces are remembered and celebrated. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and dates back to the First World War (1914 – 1918), and is strongly linked to the battle of Gallipoli in 1915.
Coming from South Africa, the term ANZAC was new to me and during my research about the meaning and history of this day, I came across a page that gives a lot of information so instead of re-writing it all here, I include the link for you to check out – please take a moment to visit it.
Every 25th of April, dawn services are held to commemorate the fallen soldiers who were young men in the prime of their lives who gave their lives, as so many since, so that we may live in a free and peaceful world. As humankind, we still haven’t quite got the hang of it, but generations later, we still benefit from the sacrifices so many have made. Anzac biscuits have a cloudy beginning, with no account actually being able to categorically state their true beginning, but it is thought that these biscuits were made by wives and girlfriends and sent out to the soldiers using war-time ingredients and ones that would travel well and still be enjoyable by the time they reached the forces. No eggs were used, due to shortages, and all are basic pantry ingredients. They’re deliciously sweet biscuits and are on sale throughout the year in both New Zealand and Australia, but are often used as part of fund raising drives for the RSA (Returned Servicemen’s Association).
After the slaughter that launched the Battle of Gallipoli which lasted 8 months, it was decided that forever more, these brave young men would be remembered, with the first commemorative service being held in 1916 and continuing every year since then. At each service, the dedication below is read and each time I hear it or read it, it brings tears to my eyes and a lump to my throat and I pray that we will never again be faced with a war of such proportion in this beautiful world of ours.
The ANZAC Dedication: For the Fallen
by Laurence Binyon
They shall not grow old
as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning,
we will remember them.
(Below are the ingredients for a single batch, but I double it all and end up with about 30 decent sized biscuits)
1/2 cup plain flour
1/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup coconut
3/4 cup rolled oats
50 g butter
1 Tbsp golden syrup
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp boiling water
- Preheat the oven to 180°C and either grease or line two baking trays with baking paper.
- Mix together the dry ingredients, except for the baking soda.
- Melt the butter and golden syrup in the microwave or on the stove.
- Dissolve the baking soda in the boiling water and add it to the butter and golden syrup.
- Stir the butter mixture into the dry ingredients.
- Using two spoons, measure out a dollop of the mixture (or just use your hands and roll little balls) and place onto the cold baking trays.
- Flatten slightly if too round.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.