2018 is the 100-year anniversary of the end of the World War I. This is a time of reflection of the service people who have supported the war effort and kept our countries safe. Many Australian and New Zealander expats will be paying their respects on Anzac Day. On a lighter note, many of us will also wonder, where to find Anzac biscuits in New York?
First of all, it’s interesting to learn that the ration staple for WWI Diggers was not the chewy golden Anzac bikkie we all know and love, but the hard tack biscuit. This was an alternative to bread as it had an extremely long shelf life, but it was very, very hard, therefore some soldiers preferred to grind it up and eat it like porridge. It’s thought that Anzac biscuits, similar to the ones we know today, were sent within care packages to the soldiers from families and charities.
The Australian War Memorial offers these recipes to make your own hard tack biscuit and traditional Anzac biscuits.
We even found an American version of the Anzac biscuit from Boston-based Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street. This recipe substitutes honey and dark brown sugar for golden syrup (which can be difficult to find in the US) and spices them up with additional coffee and orange zest flavors.
Finally, AWNY President, Belinda Jackson, shares her favorite recipe.
If you don’t have time to make your own, here is where to find Anzac biscuits in New York:
Bluestone Lane will be offering Anzac biscuits for Mates Rates from April 23 – April 25, and pop down to their 55 Water St location after the Dawn Service for a free flat white to go with your bikkie from 6 – 7.30 am.
Thirsty Koala offers up a Gluten free Anzac biscuit.
Kiwiana offers Anzac biscuits with their cheese board.
Butler NYC will be offering Anzacs biscuits on the day and you can order via their catering department in advance.
Little Collins have Anzac biscuits on offer (or so our roving spies on the street tell us!)
On Anzac Day there is a group of Aussies getting together at Bensons and they will be offering Anzac biscuits too.
We highly recommend going to your local Aussie/Kiwi café and asking for an Anzac bikkie to go with your cuppa. Our AWNY Guide has more ideas to commemorate Anzac Day in NYC in 2018.
Have you heard of any other places to find Anzac biscuits in New York? Let us know in the comments.
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