Tuesday 9 June 2020
  • Cooking and Nutrition
  • Ages 7-9 (KS2)
    Age 9-11 (KS2)
    Age 11-14 (KS3)

Get baking!

Your mission this week is to go back in time to 1914 Australia and New Zealand and bake a First World War recipe. What do you think it would be like to receive these homemade biscuits when you’re a long way from home?

Mission Briefing

Part of the Family Mission series created during the UK lockdown in Spring 2020. CBBC Presenter Ben Shires delivers your Morse code mission briefing.

If you’ve been watching our Adventures in History series, you’ll have heard from Ngaire about her New Zealand heritage and some stories of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, known as the ANZACs. The below recipe is a family recipe, kindly shared with you from Ngaire.

ANZAC Cookies

What you’ll need:
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup plain flour (give it a sift)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup coconut
  • 125g butter
  • 1 tablespoon of golden syrup
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda · 2 tablespoons of boiling water

1. Mix together the oats, flour, sugar and coconut in a large bowl

2. In a small pan heat the butter and syrup over a really low heat, until the butter has melted.

3. Put the bicarbonate of soda into the 2 tablespoons of water (brew yourself a cup of tea as you have gone to the trouble of boiling the kettle!) add this bicarb/water mix into the pan with the melted syrup and butter and then stir all these wet ingredients into the dry ones.

4. Have some flat greased oven trays ready and (there is no rolling or cutting), for each biscuit just place 3 level teaspoons of mixture on the tin and push down a little. Ensure social distance at about 4cm between each biscuit!!

5. Bake for 20 minutes at Gas Mark 2, or 150C/280F

6. For the first batch it is best to keep an eye on them every few minutes after the 15 minute mark – you are looking for golden brown and best to loosen them off the tray while still warm.

This will give you about 30 biscuits and they can be popped in the freezer so you can stretch out your enjoyment of them!

They weren’t the only biscuits!

They weren’t the only biscuits!

This British Army also made biscuits but they were notoriously hard and could crack teeth if not first soaked in tea or water! Tea was also part of the British soldier's rations. It was a familiar comfort and concealed the taste of water, which was often transported to the front line in petrol tins.

Find out more about the food that fuelled the front >

Don’t forget to tell us how you get on or even better show us your biscuits on IWM’s Facebook and Twitter

Good Luck Bakers!

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Family Mission has been created with the generous support of Old Possum's Practical Trust