ANZAC Day Cooking: Lest We Forget the Fallen

Damo and I explained to Lainie, 5 years of age, about ANZAC Day this morning. I explained what it was about and she asked what a solider was? Damo showed her some photos of friends in uniform. We have had the morning in the kitchen in remembrance. We cooked ANZAC biscuits and damper. ANZAC biccies are a fun recipe for Lainie as I explained that there it a magic recipe and there is a surprise when the baking soda is added to the butter and golden syrup. Do you know what happen? They are also hands on as she helped to roll the biscuit mixture into balls (wash hands first of course).

Lainie rolling biscuits and the finished biscuits

Lainie rolling biscuits and the finished biscuits

The recipe:

1 1/4 cups plain flour

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup caster sugar

3/4 desiccated coconut

2 tbsp golden syrup

150g butter

1/2 tsp baking soda

Sift flour into bowl, add oats, sugar, coconut and mix. Melt butter and syrup. Mix baking soda into 21/2 tbsps water and stir into the melted butter mix and watch the magic, it bubbles up. Combine with the dry mix, rollinto balls, flatten a little. Place on a lined tray and bake for 12 mins. Cool and enjoy.

They have only just cooled enough and Damo and Lainie have eaten half of them, well I think Laine had one…Dad who ate the rest.

In the meantime, my damper has been resting in the sun. Can’t wait to get stuck into the warm damper smothered with butter and golden syrup.

I am following the same recipe and process as I do for scones.


3 cups of SF flour

pinch of salt

little wedge of butter, maybe about a tbsp full

1 1/2 cups milk (or a splash more)

So all I do is sift flour, rub through the butter. Then add a cup of milk and stir with a knife, add more mild until it come together. I don’t kneed, roll into ball in flour and rest in the sun until to get back to it. Mark wegdes in dough with a knife. Hot oven at least 200 for about 1/2 hour until like scones sounds hollow.

Yummo!! Eat hot so the butter and syrup melt. Better in a camp oven but hey, not going to all that trouble when at home.

This is how Damo, Lainie and I spent ANZAC Day morning. Combining cooking, family, tradition and remembrance. Today we are proud to be Australian. Embrace our Australian values of mateship, loyalty and spend today with family and friends.


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