Damper – Basic Recipe

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Total time: 45 min



Sift flour and salt into a suitable bowl, add butter in flakes. Make a bulge in the dry ingredients, add milk and water all at once. Use a kitchen knife in cutting motions to make dough. Shape dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly. Knead dough into a ball, shape onto a greased baking sheet and pat into a patty about 15 cm dia. Cut crosswise about 1 cm deep with a sharp kitchen knife.

Brush surface with milk and dust with a small amount of separate flour. Bake at high temperature for 10 min until bread is golden brown. Reduce temperature to medium, bake another 15 min.

‘Damper’ is a traditional Australian specialty. It is a kind of bread that used to be prepared by settlers in the outback.

Later it is said to have been the emergency solution of every housewife when the family once ran out of bread. It is quick and easy to make because it does not require any special ingredients or techniques.

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