Delicious traditional Australian Anzac Biscuits, food background.
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Anzac Biscuits Are A Golden Twist On Oatmeal Cookies
During the hard times of World War I and World War II, many nations had to ration food supplies, which resulted in the invention of newer, thriftier foods. Australia and New Zealand's beloved Anzac biscuits, which were served at fundraisers to help raise money for the war effort, are tasty baked goods born out of necessity.
ANZAC is an acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, and there are indeed some strict army-like rules that govern which cookies can rightfully be called Anzac biscuits. The Australian War Memorial lists just three approved recipes for the making of these oat-heavy biscuits, with very little variation between them.
Anzac biscuits must be sized and shaped perfectly to carry the name, and an irreplaceable ingredient is golden syrup, an amber-colored liquid that bakers used during wartime to keep their biscuits together without eggs. Modern recipes also contain rolled oats, butter, and sugar, making them fairly similar to the original recipe.
Since the dough doesn’t have much liquid, Anzac biscuits are fairly crispy and thin once they’ve been baked, which takes about 10 minutes. They can also be found for purchase at Aldi, Coles, Woolworth's, and Amazon, including creative (but not army-approved) variations like chocolate, gluten-free, citrus, and ones made with nuts.