Monday, April 4, 2011

ANZAC cookies

Yesterday I tried preparing ANZAC biscuits(originally from Australia and New Zealand) with oats,honey and coconut and it really turned out very well.I felt it was not only Yummy in taste but also very healthy as compared to other cookies as it got oats n coconut.
Some trivia-Do you know the first modern day cookies were created by accident!European cooks used to bake small amount of cake batter to check their oven temperature before baking a large cake.These little test cakes were called 'koekje' ,meaning 'little cakes' in Dutch.And so the cookie was born.

1 cup is equal to 200 gm for my recipe

1 1/4 cup All purpose flour or maida
1 cup rolled oats (don't get confused with the ready to eat one)
3/4 cup Sugar powdered
3/4 cup coconut finely grated
2 tablespoon honey(I replaced golden syrup by honey from the original recipe and hence increased the amount of sugar)
150 gms butter unsalted
1/2 tsp sodium bi carbonate or baking soda(not the baking powder ..its different)

Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius.
Put all dry ingredients except baking soda in a bowl and mix it properly.
Now take a heavy bottomed pan and melt the butter.
Add honey to this boiling butter and mix it with the help of a spatula.
take a little quantity of hot water say 2-3 tsp and mix it with soda in separate bowl and then add this mixture to the butter mixture which is still boiling on low heat.
When you add soda water to the butter it will rise forming a lot of froth.This is good for the cookies.
Now add this caramelized mixture to the dry mix and knead it thoroughly avoiding the lumps to form.
Do not worry if batter is too dry, you can very little amount of milk if you want.
Now divide this dough in small balls and place it on parchment paper or greased baking tray.
Now gently press these balls with the help of a wet spatula(so that it will not stick to the cookies dough) and bake it in oven for 10-15 mins.
Keep checking the texture of cookies it will turn light brown and lighter in color at the center,then its done.
Take out the cookies and let them cool on cooling rack for around 30 -45 mins.
Cookies will be softer at center but gradually it will become chewy after cooling.
Cookies are ready to be served.

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