Tomorrow is Remembrance Day in Australia. Originally called Armistice Day, on the 11th hour of 11th day of the 11th month we pause for a moment to commemorate the end of the Great War in 1918. It is also a time when Australians reflect on the courage and sacrifice of those who have served in the armed forces, and the impact on them and their families.
This year Australians can show their appreciation for returned servicemen by running down to their nearest Woolworths supermarket and buying a Limited Edition “The Water Diviner” tin of Anzac biscuits. Produced by Modern Baking proceeds will assist the RSL who have been supporting veterans and their families since 1916. You could also win a trip to Turkey in 2015, or The Water Diviner movie passes.
I remember as a kid raiding my grandmother’s biscuit tin in her kitchen in Holbrook, in country NSW, and have fond memories of the Anzac biscuits she used to bake. I’m going to surprise her by popping one of these tins of biscuits in the mail.
For non-Aussies who are wondering what on earth Anzac biscuit are, they are round, hard biscuits made with oats, coconut, treacle and flour. See a classic recipe here. Originally they were made by Australian women for soldiers on the front during World War 1. For more about the history of the Anzac bicky click here. They are now as Aussie as Vegemite and meat pies and pavlovas.