Do you know how to make damper bread? Damper is a traditional dense Australian soda bread that long ago was made by stockmen traveling long distances and carrying only basic food rations. It’s a bread that is typically cooked on the ground and over hot coals but can be made using a few simple ingredients at home, in the oven. What a great cooking activity for kids to do this Australia Day!
Australia Day is approaching and so I began thinking of something ‘Aussie’ that I could share with you.
I have really fond memories of cooking damper bread while on a school camp. The joy of this type of bread is that it really is so incredibly easy for kids to make themselves and tastes delicious, especially when it’s still warm and has lashings of melting butter.
- 250g self-raising flout
- 25g butter
- 175g milk
- tsp (or a good pinch) of salt
- Mix the salt in with the flour using a large bowl
- Add the butter and rub it into the flour with finger tips until it resembles fine bread crumbs.
- Add milk until you have a soft dough.
- Turn out onto a floured surface, knead and shape into a flat ball.
- Bake for 30 minutes at 190c or until golden brown
- Best served warm.
- Variation: You may wish to add sprinkling of chopped chives and 100g grated cheese prior to adding the milk.
Have you ever made or tasted Aussie damper bread?
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