on the eleventh of november we celebrated (or at least held a minute's silence) to remember those who fought in wars long before we were born, to assure our peace today. for their sacrifice, we are eternally grateful. i got in the spirit and made ANZAC cookies for the occasion, although I must confess this is the complete wrong time of year. for those who don't know, ANZAC cookies are usually made for ANZAC day on the 25th april. but i felt festive, so here we go.
since the last update, much has happened. the school year is coming to an end and i must confess i'm having a small party on the inside! wooo! because not only does this mean days of having no assessments due, no deadlines and the weight of oppressive and unrealistic expectations lifted off my shoulders, it means CHRISTMAS!! quite literally, in my humble opinion, the most wonderful time of the year. although I am a self-confessed christmas freak (i start listening to festive music in late september ok?) , what do you guys feel about the holiday season? my grandmother personally hates it, too stressful she says. my only twinge of sadness, is that here down under we have a summer christmas. which more often than not means hot hot hot days and sunburns and ooh look the chocolate christmas tree melted in the heat.
i'm beginning to think i just celebrate festive things at the wrong time. for example i get really into easter after it has actually happened, halloween is a month long event, even though my country doesn't do thanksgiving I'm eating turkey anyway and christmas in july is for shizzle a thing. oh and new years (western and eastern) are definitely amazing.
i ended up taking some of these cookies around to a friend's house and we devoured them whilst watching pirates of the caribbean which I shamefully haven't seen all of. it falls into the same category as the lord of the rings and american horror story. yet somehow through the fact that these shows are popular culture staples - I know the plotlines anyway?!?
perfect w' a cup of tea these biscuits are super yay. i recommend really waiting until they're cooled completely before boxing them up/dunking them into hot liquids (and i learnt that one the hard way), simply because they are very chewy and soft, they'll simply fall apart in your hands or stick together in the jar. all attempts to believe otherwise will, I'm afraid, be in vain.
1 tbsp. honey
1/2 cup golden syrup
1/4 cup boiling water
1 tsp bi-carb soda
1 1/2 cup oats
1 1/2 cup plain flour
1 cup coconut
1 cup castor sugar
preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius and line two baking trays with baking paper
combine the butter, honey and golden syrup in a saucepan over low heat, until melted and combined
mix together the boiling water and bi-carb soda. it should foam and fizz. add this to the pot, the mixture should nearly double in size at least.
in a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together and make a well. pour in the golden syrup mixture whilst it's still warm. mix together with a wooden spoon until combined and sticking together well.
roll small amounts of the mixture into balls and place onto the baking trays, leaving room for spreading during baking. it's best to overestimate than underestimate!
bake for 10-15 mins (or until smelling yummy!) and leave on a wire rack until biscuits are completely cooled.