Mary Berry’s Anzac Biscuits

I enjoy baking from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible and trying out recipes I have not made before. My husband is Australian (though he has lived in the UK since he was a child) and we were interested to try Anzac biscuits as we knew the history behind them. I had made the version of Anzac biscuits from one of Annabel Karmel’s books a few years back and remembered that they contained oats and desiccated coconut. I had baked an Apricot Loaf on one day before we broke up for half term and thought that a full tin of biscuits were what was needed on these cold, dark and depressing October evenings. I craved some sugar and sweetness along with a steaming cuppa of Yorkshire tea when I got in from work. I also thought if I made them with coconut then I would be able to leave them in the tin without the other members of the family nicking them.

Mary Berry’s Baking Bible is one of those recipe books I dip in and out of to try different things. I do find her recipes clear to understand and I get great results from what I bake.

I found that the recipe was simple to understand, it only contains six ingredients and I did find it turned out rather like a flapjack mixture. It didn’t need as much golden syrup as a flapjack mixture needs, thankfully. I was glad about that as I realised I would have to open another tin of golden syrup! Being in a lazy mood I wanted some shortcuts.

The biscuits were made a bit like a flapjack to start with as a melting method with the butter, sugar and golden syrup together in a small saucepan. I then added the flour, desiccated coconut and some porridge oats to the mixture. The smell was delicious and I was tempted to lick out the bowl.

I had greased three baking trays and lined them with my baking parchment. Mary Berry says this recipe makes 45 biscuits, I definitely didn’t get 45 out of mine, more like 28! Well to be fair, I do like a big biscuit, not one that is only one mouthful. I was glad I baked them in batches with 6 to a baking tray as they do spread out a lot on the tray and would otherwise merge together. It took ages to get them all baked off but it was worth it.

When I told my children I had made some biscuits they came rushing in into the kitchen. I did not tell my daughter they had coconut in (she doesn’t have an allergy, she just doesn’t like coconut) but she ate a biscuit and said they were lovely! My son and hubby who love Bounty bars really enjoyed them. As for me, I couldn’t keep my hand out of the biscuit tin!

In a way I shouldn’t have made the biscuits as they were a mega diet fail for me but I couldn’t help it. The diet starts again tomorrow!

Happy Baking! Love Sam xx

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