Monday, June 10, 2013

The Fridge Door- ANZAC Biscuits

Eating is such a social enjoyable event, it's a time for interacting with your child, learning and an opportunity to teach them something about food! Trying to provide your children with a nutritious diet while still offering variety can be so difficult at times specially if your child is a fussy eater.

I have found that if you can include your child in the cooking process they tend to be more inclined to trying new things. I consider Hannah to be quite a fussy eater and through this process we have had a few little unexpected wins.

Even if your child is still too little to participate much, encouraging them to help in the smallest of ways such as stirring the bowl (you may need to help guide their hand to make the stirring motion) or being with you while you safely check it in the oven (this can be accomplished by asking the child if they can feel the warm air escaping or can they smell it cooking).

My special little helper, cooking is serious business!

Although it's not the most healthiest of snacks ANZAC Biscuits sure are fun and easy to make and are great to eat! We found all the ingredients in our pantry so no need to race to the grocery store. It is also adaptable. We had ran out of bicarbonate of soda and just did without. I couldn't even notice it was missing.

1 cup plain flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup desiccated coconut
3/4 cup brown sugar
125g butter
2 tbs golden syrup
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tbs water

Preheat the oven to 160°C. Line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Sift the flour into a large bowl. Stir in the oats, coconut and brown sugar.

Put the butter, golden syrup and 2 tbs water in a small saucepan. Stir over a medium heat until melted. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda.
Pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture and stir until combined.
Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls. Place on the trays, about 5cm apart.
Press with a fork to flatten slightly. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Set aside on the trays for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack so it cools completely.

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