Okay, so not all of us can make it to Gallipoli for the Dawn Service on 25th April, so here’s another way to commemorate the courage and sacrifice of those who gave their lives in conflict. Tastier too, and you’ll be following a time-honoured tradition: these biscuits (cookies) were invented and sent to loved ones during World War I as the ingredients were able to withstand the long sea journey from Australia to Turkey without spoiling.
Tastes best when you share them with some veterans.
85g rolled oats
85g desiccated coconut
100g plain flour
100g caster sugar
100g butter, plus some extra for greasing
1tbsp golden syrup (a little more if you’ve a sweet tooth)
1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
Preheat oven at 180°C.
Put the oats, coconut, flour and sugar in a bowl. Melt the butter in a small pan and stir in the golden syrup. Add the bicarbonate of soda to 2 tbsp boiling water then stir into the butter mixture.
Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the butter and golden syrup mixture. Stir gently until nicely mixed.
Put spoonfuls of the mixture on to buttered baking sheets. The biscuits will spread during baking so allow room for this. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden. Leave to cool.