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Analysis Of An Alternative Anzac

Anzac Biscuits with a Macadamia Heart

This more or less follows the recipe as left in the comments to kickpleat’s post by Steaky Diane [1], along with my own addition of the nutty centre. I even did a gluten-free version for she-who-is-still-kindof-avoiding-gluten. I would also be inclined (as was kickpleat’s assessment of her version) to add a little something extra next time out, some lemon or lime zest methinks.

The Dry Ingredients:
  • 125g brown sugar
  • 75g rolled oats
  • 75g dessicated coconut
  • 125g plain flour or for gluten-free anzacs, use a mix of 75g rice flour, 50g tapioca starch and 0.25 tsp xanthan gum
The Wet Ingredients:
  • 120g butter
  • 1 tblsp golden syrup
  • 2 tblsp boiling water
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
The Nuts:
  • 50-60g macadamia nuts, unsalted (around 30 nuts, one to put in each biscuit)
The Nuts:
  • If using the macadamia nuts, you’ll want to toast them lightly first, so…
  • Preheat the oven to 180C
  • Spread the nuts on a baking tray and place in the oven for about 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Watch them carefully so that they don’t burn. Remove and allow to cool.
The Biscuits:
  • Preheat the oven to 160C or reduce to this temperature if you already had the oven on to toast the nuts. Grease a large cookie sheet or line with baking parchment.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, rolled oats, coconut and flour (or gluten-free flour mix if using).
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter over a low heat.
  • Add the golden syrup to the melted butter, stir to mix and remove from the heat.
  • Add the boiling water to the bicarbonate of soda (this will fizz and foam up), then stir into the butter mixture.
  • Pour the butter mixture into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. The mixture will be crumbly.
  • Using a tablespoon measure or small scoop, form small balls of mixture, around the size of a walnut.
  • If not using the macadamia nuts, just place the scoops of mixture on the cookie sheet and flatten slightly with the back of a spoon or a spatula.
  • If using the macadamias, take a scoop of mixture as above and, while the mixture is still in the scoop, press in a single nut. Some of the mixture will be squeezed out when you do this – use this to cover over the base of the nut so that it’s no longer visible. Now place the scoop of mixture on the cookie sheet. As the mixture is crumbly, it might tend to break apart when removed from the scoop. If so, just mould it back together with your hands.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown, then remove to a wire rack to cool.
The Results:
  • This makes 25-30 little biscuits
The Variations:
  • I definitely think I would add some lemon or lime zest next time