The first is the celebrated Anzac Biscuits. These apparently originated in World War I, when they were baked by anxious female relatives and sent to the Australian soldiers in the trenches. In Fantasy Bob's opinion, the priority given to biscuits in the Australian war effort compares positively with the approach of the Poms, in which British females were ordered to knit socks. Here is the classic recipe that Chappell is following:
1 cup rolled oats, 3/4 cup desiccated coconut, 1 cup plain flour, 1 cup sugar,125g (4oz) butter, 2 tablespoons golden syrup, 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, 1 tablespoon water
Preheat oven to 300F (150C)
Mix oats, flour, sugar and coconut together. Melt syrup and butter together.
Mix soda with boiling water and add to melted butter and syrup. Add to dry ingredients. Place 1 tablespoonfuls of mixture on greased tray (allow room for spreading). Bake for 20 minutes. Loosen while warm, cool on trays.
(makes about 35)
|A Lamington in full repose|
A Lamington is a Test match quality offering of sponge cake covered in chocolate and coconut. Here is the Chappell recipe.
If the Australian line up can get the right consistency of sponge then the English attack could be in for some hard work.
Fantasy Bob promises to bring other baking tips as the series progresses.