A gift from Mr Lawson

We received this commemorative flyer from our local council in the mail a few weeks ago.

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The flyer was printed on some really nice, sturdy paper and contained a lot of informative details about ANZAC Day like the significance of the Dawn Service….

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And the all important ode.

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But what made this flyer extra special was that it contained a recipe for ANZAC cookies provided by Mr Bob Lawson -an ANZAC who was present at the Gallipoli landing itself! A big “Wow” was what I exclaimed when my eyes fell upon that section of the flyer!

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It was the perfect day today to try out Mr Lawson’s treasured recipe, given its ANZAC Day. Wartime cooking and baking must have been very tough as food was rationed. That probably meant that recipes had to be really creative, using as much of pantry staples like flour and sugar….

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And rolled oats in them and less of “luxury” items…

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Like butter (shown here with a bit of golden syrup). I was really surprised to see how little butter the recipe required.

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Once I’d sorted out the wet and dry ingredients, the next step was to mix them all together.

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A few good stirs with my trusty pink spatula and my ANZAC cookie mixture was ready!

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I followed the advice of the recipe and dropped little teaspoons of the cookie mixture onto my baking tray…..

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And was pleasantly surprised to see the cookies more than double in size a few minutes after they had been in the oven!

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The first batch that came out from the oven was a tad unsuccessful as I had forgotten to set the timer on the oven. By the time I realised my folly, it was a little too late to salvage it.

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But no matter, there was still heaps of cookie mix in the mixing bowl so I swiftly popped in another batch into the oven and set the timer on pronto. Ten minutes later – finally success!

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Mr Lawson’s recipe has been cleverly designed for the frugal cook in mind for I did manage to make 42 cookies (including those terribly burnt ones) out from the mix, with zero leftovers!

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There were so many cookies that they filled our big container to the brim!

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Naturally we had to eat a few so that we could close the lid without crushing the others.

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Taste wise, I kid you not when I say that they are probably the best ANZAC cookies I’ve ever eaten! Mr Lawson sure got it right in making the perfect butterscotch, caramel tasting cookie with just the right amount of chewiness! It’s no wonder they’ve been a hit with so many all these years! Thank you very much Mr Lawson- for your gift of the recipe and so much more!

I’ve shared his amazing recipe below, hope you enjoy it -be sure to let me know if you do try it!

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****Mr Lawson’s ANZAC Biscuits****
Makes approx. 35 biscuits

Ingredients
– 1 cup each of plain flour, sugar, rolled oats and desiccated coconut
– 115g of butter
– 1 tablespoon of treacle (golden syrup)
– 2 tablespoons boiling water (add a little more if the mixture is too dry)
– 1 teaspoon of baking soda

Method
1. Grease biscuit tray and preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
2. Combine dry ingredients
3. Melt together butter and golden syrup. Combine water and baking soda – add to butter mixture.
4. Mix wet and dry ingredients together
5. Drop teaspoons of mixture in tray, allowing room for spreading. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool on tray for few minutes before transferring to cooling racks.

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