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(Extracted from A Treasury of New Zealand Baking edited by Lauraine Jacobs)


Fruity Anzac Biscuits

Dean Brettschneider


During the Gallipoli landings of the First World War, Antipodean women sent a down-under version of traditional Scottish oatcakes to their sons, husbands and boyfriends who were fighting in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). This Anzac biscuit recipe is adapted from one handed down to me; the sunflower seeds and dried fruits are new.


Makes 18


140 g butter

60 g golden syrup

80 g rolled oats

70 g sunflower seeds, lightly toasted

50 g sultanas

60 g dried figs, stems discarded, cut into 8–10 pieces

75 g chopped dried apricots

65 g long-thread coconut (substitute ordinary desiccated coconut if necessary)

125 g standard flour

90 g brown sugar

5 g baking soda

2 tbsp boiling water


Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Melt the butter and golden syrup together in a saucepan.

Place all the remaining ingredients, except the baking soda and the water, in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine.

Place the baking soda in a jug and pour the boiling water over it, stirring well to dissolve. Add to the butter and golden syrup mixture, then pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.

Place large tablespoonfuls of the dough on to the prepared baking tray. Flatten each to a circle of about 6–7 cm, leaving at least 2 cm between each one.

Bake for 12–15 minutes, until the biscuits have risen, spread slightly and turned golden brown. Rotate trays halfway through cooking. Remove from the oven and allow the biscuits to cool slightly before placing them on a wire rack.

These biscuits will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days. They also freeze well — thaw at room temperature before eating.



Reproduced with permission from A Treasury of New Zealand Baking edited by Lauraine Jacobs. Published byRandom House NZ. RRP $39.99 (paperback). Copyright photography © Aaron McLean, 2015. Available nationwide.