Because some things just need to be done !
Anzac biscuits sound rather boring. But, when you get round to trying them you will find a delight is in store. They are full of oaty goodness and rather like a chewier version of a thin flapjack... or bake them longer so they become harder and crispier.
"It has been claimed the biscuits were sent by wives to soldiers abroad because the ingredients do not spoil easily and the biscuits kept well during naval transportation." - source - Wikipedia
I can honestly say that I like them both ways.
This is of the new chocolate sticks moulds we now have available. They are meant for making chocolate sticks or biscuit fingers for dipping. I can imagine they would look fantastic with some chocolate transfers or decorated with sprinkles and gift wrapped !
I've already had a go at some butter biscuit fingers which worked really well... but I never did get round to blogging those photos.
I've had another go with this mold making some anzac biscuit fingers and dipping them in chocolate. These looked really rustic. They were really rustic. I think that was part of the appeal. There is something that seduces me to nibbling a chocolate coated biscuit finger. That's how it starts. Before you know it, they are being dunked into a cup of coffee and the chocolate sucked off......
Well - they're only little, so I'll let you have another. If you take these to work, put a padlock on your biscuit tin lid. Remind your colleagues that these were MEANT to last a long time and they do NEED to be rationed. A whole handful of them disappearing at a time wasn't how I intended them to be eaten.
1 cup self raising flour
1 cup of rolled oats
1 cup of grated coconut (or dessicated)
3/4 cup of caster sugar
125g salted butter
3 tbsp golden syrup (or corn syrup)
Cream butter and sugar, then add in flour. Combine these and then add the other ingredients. Mix to combine.
Roll into small balls about ping pong size and then flatten well with your hand (if you want round cookies / biscuits). These do not spread much at all - so do give them a good squish.
If you want to make fingers like these, squish (love that word !) the mixture into each cell of one of the chocolate sticks silicone bakeware moulds.
cook at 160deg C for 15mins for fingers or approx 15 > 20 mins for cookies depending how chewy / crispy you like them.
This recipe made a whole tray of straight fingers, about 8 cookies and most of a tray of zigzag cookie sticks.
After removing from the oven, allow cookies to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a rack. If you have made fingers they will have risen a little above the mould. I found that for best results, I needed to squash them down into the mould whilst still hot. Once cooled down enough to handle, remove from mould. Put them back on a baking sheet into the oven for about another 5 mins or so to harden them up a bit more. I wanted them strong enough to handle as a thin stick biscuit and yet still a bit chewy.
Oliver loved helping dip these into molten chocolate. The only difference was that his never made the rack to cool. They were eaten dipped in molten chocolate. I swear there was more on his face than went in his tummy! These certainly got his seal of approval....
Last weekend was full of excitement. My husband (Steve) has been building Oliver a sit-in racing car for the last few weeks. Oliver has seen it in various stages of being built, but had not got to see it recently until Steve finished painting it.
The big unveiling was on Saturday afternoon......
The car actually needed some adjustment at that point - it didn't drive so well as the drive kept slipping. Still good fun though and I did get some little video clips.
By Sunday, it was sorted and ready to play ! Good grief - Oliver can make that shift now he's got the hang of driving it. He puts the pedal to the metal and Steve has to really run to keep up. Hehe. Just look at the evil grin. He was really moving pretty fast in this photo.
In case you haven't noticed, this car is made up of a load of really strange things. The front is a kitchen SWING BIN. The lid part of the swing bin also forms the boot lid at the rear. The wheel arches and the front grill are made from a LAUNDRY BASKET and it's powered by an 18v BATTERY POWER DRILL !!!! The steering wheel is for a WII CONSOLE. The windscreen surround is from an old SHOPPING BASKET. I think there is an assortment of other odd bits too...
I can't imagine things get much better for a 2.3/4 yo boy. There were tears streaming down his face he was so happy !
Incase anyone wants to see - here is the first test drive of "THE SWING BIN RACER"