Thursday, March 1, 2012

ANZAC Biscuit Slice

Now, ANZAC day is still some time away, but for awhile I have been thinking of making a slice or bar version, because over here they have something called flapjacks and I reckon they are pretty much the same thing as an ANZAC biscuit. Last weekend was the beginning of my latest sporting venture - hiking up mountains with the mountaineering club. Which requires sustenance so it was the perfect opportunity for trying out an ANZAC slice. They were good, especially with a bit of chocolate icing, but unfortunately the hiking wasn't good. The weather was really atrocious, it was windy and rainy (pretty common for Ireland though) and the hill was steep. The descent was very slippery, and it turns out it is always a very difficult descent, but on this occasion the group was incredibly unlucky and we all witnessed one of the hikers go tumbling quite a distance down the mountain. It looked to be about as bad as it could possibly be, but the guy was actually incredibly lucky and came away with pretty minor injuries, considering how bad it could have been. However, you can imagine how shocked the entire group was. It's all over now though and the poor guy is OK, it's not going to put me off of more hiking, nor of sharing the day's treat with you all:

Also, before we get started with the recipe, there is a lighter note to my week that cheered me up a lot on Monday evening. I was checking out all the linky parties that I link my posts to and who would have thought, but I was featured on one of them! My Pumpkin Muffin recipe was one of the most popular last week on Things that make you say Mmmm. How exciting is that! Then, get this, I was featured again! The second feature is a much smaller linky partie but it has just started so hopefully it will get a lot bigger. My Lime Chicken Stirfry was featured on the Real Housewives Recipe Roundup (they have great alliteration!). Now, on to today's treat!


250 grams plain flour
250 grams rolled oats
250 grams sugar
250 grams desiccated coconut
200 grams butter
1/4 cup golden syrup
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

So making ANZAC biscuits is very easy, and making them as a slice is even easier! First, preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and line a tin with baking paper - I used my 20 by 30 cm pan and made a very thick slice, but if you have a bigger pan your slice will be much thinner, so that you can chop it into bars instead of squares.

Now, combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then place the butter, golden syrup and water in another small bowl or jug and heat it in the microwave until the butter has melted. Stir it well to combine it and then add the baking soda.

Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix it together well with a large spoon - you might have to use your hands at the end to get the last bits of flour and oats into the mixture. Then press the mixture into your prepared tin.

Bake your slice for about 25 minutes, or a bit longer if you want it sort of crispy. Mine was very soft but I think that if it had been thinner, it would have been quite crispy on the top after 25 minutes.

Let the slice cool completely and then, if you like, frost it with a simple chocolate icing. I made mine by sifting one cup of icing sugar and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder into a bowl, placing about a tablespoon of butter on top and pouring over about 2 tablespoons of boiling water. Give it a good stir until everything is well combined, and if it is too thick add a smidgen more water. Then spread it on!


  1. ANZAC is one of my favourite cookies, I've tried variations but never a slice. Are those meant to be grams or 250ml/1 cup each like the cookie recipe requires? 250 grams rolled oats will be about 3 cups which sounds like a lot

    1. Hi, thanks for your question! It's grams, I know it seems like a lot but I just place my bowl on the kitchen scales and keep on adding. It's about 2 cups of oats and 2 cups of coconut. It will be softer than the cookies. I will try cookies again soon and make sure that those measurements are really the best ones too. And then maybe I'll try chocolate ANZACS? The possibilities are endless!

  2. Hi Jaimie,
    I just love this cookie, your recipe looks great I will have to try it. Hope you have a wonderful week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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