Sometimes, making your own bread is much more economical than buying loaves that can go moldy in a few days. Here is a recipe for plain damper, as well as some flavour suggestions if you want to mix it up a bit…
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 tbs butter
- A pinch of salt
- 175ml milk OR 175ml water with milk/yoghurt powder
- Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl.
- Put the butter in and rub between fingers to make a breadcrumb-looking mixture.
- Add the liquids and combine. Knead into a ball of dough – if it’s too wet, add more flour and if it’s too dry, add more liquid.
- Place dough ball into a small oiled pan and flatten with fist to make a disc shape. Put into a pre-heated dutch oven (with a wire rack inside to prevent the bottom of the pan from burning) for around 15-25 minutes, depending on how hot the oven is.
- You’ll know it’s done when it’s a nice golden colour and the damper feels puffy instead of squishy. It’s still going to be moist in the centre – but that’s just how we like it.
Cheese & Bacon Damper – Make the plain damper dough and knead in pieces of cheese and diced bacon before baking.
Chocolate Damper – Make the plain damper dough and knead in chocolate powder or cacao. If you want to make Double Chocolate Damper, sprinkle in some choc chips.
Choc Bacon Damper – Make the plain damper dough and knead in chocolate powder or cacao with bacon bits. If you want to make Double Chocolate Bacon Damper, sprinkle in some choc chips.
If you are curious about how much cheese, bacon or chocolate to add, use the Juz scale. If you like bacon a lot, add lots of bacon. If you like chocolate a little bit, add a little bit of chocolate, and so on.
Future recipe ideas – Banana, Banana Chocolate, Choc Orange, Olive, Hawaiian (ham, cheese and pineapple), Italian (green olives, tomato, basil), Greek (feta, kalamata olive, lamb), Herb & Garlic
Do you have any kooky damper flavours?