Anzac biscuits: know them, make them and find them in London

Anzac biscuits: know them, make them and find them in London

Anzac biscuit history and recipe, plus where to find the delicious Aussie delights in London.

The humble Anzac biscuit has earned a special place in Australian social and cultural history.

But what exactly are its origins, and why are we so drawn to this particular concoction of oats, coconut, sugar and golden syrup? And more importantly – where can we find one in London?

Also see: Anzac Day in London 2015 : what you need to know

The historical Anzac biscuit

The Anzac biscuit has its genesis, and its name, in the historic events of WW1, when rations were sent by wives to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) stationed abroad.

The particular recipe used during wartime created a biscuit which did not spoil easily and kept fresh during naval transportation. Also referred to as an ‘Anzac tiles’ or ‘Anzac wafer’, it was a hard bread substitute. It has since evolved into today’s more palatable and much loved Anzac biscuit.

Anzac biscuit recipe


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 125g butter
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 1 teaspoon bi-carb soda
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water

Preparation and cooking

  • Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  • Put the butter and golden syrup in a saucepan on a low heat until butter is melted.
  • Mix the boiling water and bi-carb soda in a cup.
  • Mix in with the dry ingredients.
  • Roll into balls (approximately one teaspoon of mixture per ball).
  • Place on oven trays and flatten with a fork.
  • Cook at approximately 170 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until golden.

Where to grab Anzac biscuits in London

We’ve heard on the grapevine these London cafés serve up a decent Anzac biccy:

  • The Counter Café in Hackney Wick
  • Kaffeine in Fitzrovia
  • Giddy Up Coffee in Fortune Park
  • The Roastery in Wandsworth
  • Taylor St Baristas in … many locations
  • Speakeasy Espresso & Brew Bar in Carnaby Street
  • Grind Café in Richmond
  • Flat White in Soho
  • Federation Café in Brixton

Do you know of any other places in London to get Anzac biscuits? If so, leave the info for others in the comments section below.

Failing that, make them yourself or get mum to send you some… just like the diggers did.

Also see: Coffee Cult’s hunt for an Anzac biscuit on Anzac Day at: Coffee Cult visits Borough Barista

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