Pavlova and Anzac Biscuits

Where are they from?

Thora Greenwood Cookbook (1950-1980), John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

What's the story?

The State Library has one cookbook with cuttings and handwritten recipes compiled by Thora Greenwood in its collection. Mrs Greenwood was the wife of Gordon Greenwood, the late Emeritus Professor at the University of Queensland's History Department. Some recipes in the cookbook were used to prepare food for cocktail parties in the History Department.

Let's make them 



4 egg whites

1 cup castor sugar

0.5 cup crystal sugar

1 level dessertspoon cornflour

1 teaspoon lemon juice or pinch cream of tartar


Beat egg whites stiffly then add gradually one cup castor sugar. Lastly fold in crystal sugar. Add cornflour and lemon juice. Shape on waxed paper or oven tray. Cook in slow oven about 1.5 to 2.5 hours.


Anzac Biscuits  


1 cup rolled oats

1 cup plain flour

0.75 cup sugar

0.75 cup coconut

1 tablespoon golden syrup

4oz butter

1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda

2 tablespoons boiling water


Mix oats, flour, sugar, coconut together. Melt butter, golden syrup  saucepan. Mix soda with boiling water and add to melted butter. Pour into dry ingredients using fork to mix well. Place teaspoons of mixture on greased trays allowing room for spreading. Bake in a slow oven (325F) for 15-20 minutes. Cool on wire rack.