Anzac Biscuits

By October 21, 2013Recipes


Wholemeal flour adds a slight nutty taste to these traditional biscuits, but you can substitute it with plain flour if that’s what’s in your pantry. These are best eaten on the day they are made as they will soften a little when stored but they do freeze very well.

Makes 18

1 cup wholemeal plain flour, sifted
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup dextrose
125 g unsalted butter, chopped
1/3 cup rice malt syrup
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (140°C fan-forced). Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Mix the flour, oats, coconut and dextrose in a medium bowl.
  3. Put the butter, syrup and water into a medium saucepan and bring just to the boil over medium heat. Whisk in the bicarbonate of soda and allow the mixture to foam up. Pour the butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
  4. Drop tablespoons of the mixture onto the prepared trays, leaving room between them for the mixture to spread.
  5. Bake the biscuits for 20–25 minutes or until golden. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

If you prefer a more cake-like texture, roll the mixture into balls, then only flatten them slightly before baking. For a crisper result, squash the dough flat before baking.

Join the discussion 6 Comments

  • What is the composition of dextrose , rice malt and honey is a form of sugar so that’s a no no. Bee keepers feed there need sugar

  • David Gillespie says:

    Dextrose is glucose and Rice Malt Syrup is glucose, maltose (glucose+glucose) and maltotriose (3 x glucose). Honey (like sucrose) is half fructose and half glucose.

  • Bri says:

    I’m looking to make these wheat-free as well. Any idea of a good substitute?

  • David Gillespie says:

    If wheat is the only thing you’re trying to avoid then you could use gluten free flour instead of wheat flour.

  • Jodie Coughlan says:

    Can you use glucose syrup instead of the rice malt syrup, which I am having trouble finding?

  • David Gillespie says:

    You can Jodie – it works fine, you just lose the malty taste

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