Anzac Day is a time for reflection upon the service people who have bravely supported the war efforts and kept our countries safe. Many Australian and New Zealander expats in New York 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?
A Brief History of the Anzac Biscuit
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.
Where to Find Anzac Biscuits in New York
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 2019 plus here are some dedicated places to find Anzac biscuits in New York:
Australian Bakery Cafe is an Aussie bakery based in Marietta, Georgia. New Yorkers can order their Anzac biscuits online. (Online)
Boomerang Bites specializes in slices, including the golden oat slice, inspired by the Anzac biscuit, sold as gift boxes, as catering for your next event, and wholesale to many coffee shops around NYC and Northern New Jersey. (Online)
Boundless Plains Espresso will be selling Anzac Bites made by Boomerang Bites, after the Dawn Service from 6:30 am on Thursday April 25th. (FiDi, Manhattan)
Butler NYC will be offering Anzacs biscuits available for pre-order catering and in-store until stocks last. (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Kiwiana restaurant offers Anzac biscuits with their cheese board. (Prospect Heights, Brooklyn)
The Thirsty Koala offers gluten-free Anzac biscuits. You can pick them up in store or have them shipped. (Astoria, Queens)
Make You Own Anzac Biscuits
If you’re feeling crafty, pick up the ingredients and make your own Anzac biscuits at home:
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.
Have you heard of any other places to find Anzac biscuits in New York? Let us know in the comments.
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