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Biscuit Bake Off A Sweet Way To Savour The ANZAC Spirit

29 March 2015

Minister for Veterans, John Eren, has squared off against Masterchef judge Matt Preston and former Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu in the kitchen, as the talented trio attempted to unearth the perfect recipe for the ANZAC Biscuit.

The bake-off, held at the headquarters of the Country Women’s Association (CWA), marked the beginning of the joint Andrews Labor Government and CWA Recipe for Remembrance project.

It gives Victorians a chance to celebrate the kitchen cupboard favourite and learn more about our state’s contribution to World War I.

There are more than 300 CWA branches across Victoria, and they’ll help mark the 100-year anniversary of the Gallipoli landing by holding bake-offs, workshops, fundraising morning teas and school visits.

Boasting 20,000 members nationwide today, the CWA is Australia’s largest women’s organisation. During World War I, nearly 3000 Australian women served overseas – many as nurses.

The origins of the ANZAC biscuit are unclear, but it doesn’t appear to have been a staple of the soldier’s kit on the front line, as many believe. Rather, historians say they were sold at fetes, parades and other events to support the war effort.

The Recipe for Remembrance is just one of hundreds of commemorative events around the state, as Victorians prepare to mark the ANZAC centenary.

Everyone has a connection to World War I, whether it’s a family link, a hometown connection or a story from their local school.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans, John Eren

“The ANZAC biscuit is more than just a must in every Australian’s kitchen cupboard, it’s an important part of our history.”

“Whether it’s attending commemorative services, marching in parades or simply savouring the sweet taste of an Anzac biscuit, Victorians can remember those who gave so much to our country.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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