ANZAC biscuits – unlike the Pavlova, this is one delicious baked good that we and our kiwi cousins don’t need to fight over, because it is equally important to the history of both of our great nations. But what is an ANZAC biscuit, and what is the legend attached to this delightful morsel?
The ANZAC biscuit, named after the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps that was formed in the First World War, is an eggless biscuit based on a traditional Scottish recipe. Made with rolled oats, coconut, treacle, sugar, flour and bicarbonate of soda, they range in consistency from gooey to rock solid.
The story goes that the women back home were worried for the health of their loved ones on the front line, and concerned about the food they were eating. Therefore, they decided to create a biscuit that is not only full of the nutrients they need, but wouldn’t spoil on the two-months journey from Australia to Turkey.
Luckily for the people back home, not all the biscuits made their way to Gallipoli. ANZAC biscuits (or soldier’s biscuits as they were known at the time) were also sold at a number of fetes and events raising money for the war effort, with over 6 million pounds being raised in New Zealand alone through the sale of the biscuits.
In the hundred years since they were created, the humble ANZAC biscuit has become a staple on pantry shelves all over Australia and New Zealand, and readily available in supermarket and convenience stores.