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Bringing a bit of ANZAC to Australia Day (with some burnt edges)

I have a long list of things I would like to bake. So I thought in the spirit of the Australia Day weekend I would bake ANZAC biscuits for the first time as apparently they are “easy”.

(Yes…yes…I know. My husband has already pointed out that ANZAC biscuits are for ANZAC Day but ANZAC is still Australian??? And Australia Day is for everything Australian right??)

I grabbed this recipe off Bake Play Smile and yes it seemed easy.

Getting ready to bake

Alrighty then. So I put the baby down to sleep, whipped up the ingredients put them on a baking tray and wohla! I sound like a 1950′s housewife! If only…..

So with this extra confidence I thought I would quickly have a shower whilst all was calm. I think I skipped to the shower. Now the recipe said to bake 10-12 minutes. I think I was already at 5 minutes when I jumped in so you can see where this is going. And perhaps I also took a little longer than I should in the shower as it is always nice to have just a moment to yourself to think 🙂

So when I get back to the kitchen there is that familiar smell…”Ohhhhhhh” and yes….. they were burnt. Baking disaster 98765000. And the other baking dish was much worse! Fail #1

Not only burnt but all joined together. Fail number #2

photo 3 (2)My husband calls this “doing a Caz”. I rush around trying to do too much, take shortcuts, forget things and well…the evidence is clear on this one. A total “Caz”.

So yes what did I do – try and rescue the situation. I had a small amount of mixture left so I thought I would learn by my mistakes and watch them like a hawk until they browned. (Yes if you noticed that is a soup spoon, by this stage I was scrambling for anything I could find!)

Ok perfect I have ummm 5 biscuits. Now onto the rescue mission. I tried to cut the sides but ANZAC biscuits don’t really work “cropped” so then decided to pick the best from a bad bunch.

When I showed up at my friends with these Australia Day delights in the afternoon I coyly just said with a straight face “Some people like crispy one and some like chewy so thought I would do both”

the finished product- ta da

Do you think they saw straight through me as a fraud? Do you like crispy or chewy ANZAC biscuits??

Happy Australia Day everyone.

Joining the Australia Day Blog Party with Cooker and Looker

Tags: anzac biscuit, australia day, baking


Lucy @ Bake Play Smile says:
January 25, 2014 at 9:53 PM
Haha this is hilarious!!! Those darn time consuming showers! I love it! Yeah ANZACS are pretty unforgiving if they are overcooked. I’ve made a few batches of those in my lifetime too! On the positive side, at least your friends had the choice between chewy and crispy lol! And you know what??? The mixture is pretty awesome without being cooked, so if you’re worried about burning the cookies, then just eat it raw 🙂
Thanks for making my cookies!
xxx Lucy

Janel says:
January 26, 2014 at 10:41 AM
Ha ha ha! God you make me laugh! This is the exact reason why I don’t bake… All of my biscuits would be ‘cropped’ and crispy! I love how you salvaged the situation and marketed it to perfection 😉

Janet aka Middle Aged Mama says:
January 27, 2014 at 11:07 AM
I don’t mind things a bit burnt usually but anything with coconut in it that gets burnt tastes yukky … nice save with “some like ‘em crispy and some like ‘em soft!” (soft and chewy are my pic when it comes to Anzacs!)

Amanda @ Cooker and a Looker says:
January 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM
We’ve all had one of those moments. It’s always toasting nuts for me – they turn so quickly!
I like my ANZACS rock hard – so I reckon these would be perfect for me.
Thanks for joining the Australia Day Party!
Amanda x

[email protected] says:
January 28, 2014 at 8:39 PM
Rock hard seems to be my specialty! Happy Australia Day

Renee Wilson says:
January 28, 2014 at 8:33 PM
You sound just like me! Always trying to rush around doing things. I am very skilled at joining my cookies together too. It’s quite an art I feel 😉 I definitely love chewy Anzacs. The only way to have them. Lovely site, btw. This is my first time here 🙂

[email protected] says:
January 28, 2014 at 8:40 PM
Welcome! Yes doing “A Caz” seems to happen a lot more regularly than I would like! Glad to hear someone else is skilled at joining cookies together!

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