I only found out about damper a month ago after I have been living in Australia for over four years. Shocking! I love it! I made one yesterday for our dinner party. Everyone liked it. It was so easy to make and so delicious. So I have to create a post to share it with you guys. It’s really a great solution for a quick bread. After it’s baked, it is crispy outside and soft on the inside.
Damper is a traditional Australian soda bread that is baked on campfire by swagmen. Basically, it’s made from flour, water or milk, and butter. Personally, I think it tastes a little bit like savoury scones without so much butter and egg. In this recipe, I add feta cheese, dill and pine nuts. Unfortunately, I ran out of sun-dried tomatoes. Otherwise, I will not hesitate to put some in the bread.
When I say it’s simple to make, I am not kidding. There is absolutely no need to knead the dough (oh, how much I love that! 🙂 ). Rub the butter in with your fingers. Stir all the ingredients together. Let it sit on a baking tray for a while. Bake, bake, bake!
Then, you have the yummy warm bread on your dinner table. If you like a sweet version, just make a basic one with sugar or syrup. I know life can get very busy. I certainly hope a quick homemade warm bread can comfort you and cheer you up a tiny little bit. 🙂
- Strong flour – 250g
- Salt – 1 teaspoon
- baking powder – 20g
- Unsalted butter – 30g
- Black pepper – a pinch
- Skim milk – 180ml
- Feta cheese – 60g
- Dills – 20g
- Pine nuts – 20g
- Preheat oven to 200°C.
- Prepare a baking tray, line with baking paper.
- Put sifted flour, salt, baking powder, black pepper in a large bowl. Mix well. Use your fingers to rub in the butter cubes.
- Add milk. Use a spatula to mix the ingredients just come together.
- Chop the dill roughly. Use your fingers to break the feta into small pieces. Add feta, dill and pine nuts in the dough. Mix together.
- Turn the dough on the baking tray, shape it in a round loaf.
- Dust with some flour and leave it uncovered for 15 mins.
- Use a sharp knife to cut a cross on top before baking.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes in the oven until it’s golden brown. Sound hollow when tapped.
- Cool on a wire rack and serve warm.