Recipe ingredients and directions:

Yield: 1 damper

2 1/2 c Flour, self-raising

1 t Salt

1 t Butter

1 t Sugar

1 c Milk (or use about

-1/2 C of powdered milk

-and about 1 C water)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together the dry ingredients and the

butter. Add the liquid and mix well. Knead for about 5 minutes (if you

don't know about kneading, look in a good cookery book with plenty of

pictures, it's difficult to describe in words).

Shape into a flattened ball and place on a greased and floured baking sheet

or in a greased and floured round cake tin (I recommend the latter, about 7

or 8 inch diameter, as it gives a better shape). Bake for 30 minutes. Use a

Dutch oven if you are cooking in an open fire, and use your experience as

to cooking time.

Serve in moderately thick slices while still fairly hot. I'm told that

golden syrup (a treacle-like substance made as a by-product of cane sugar

refining) is the traditional thing to spread on it, and that goes well.

Jam is good, too.

NOTES:

* Bread as made by drovers in the outback -- I don't know how many of you

realize it, but there is a wealth of TV programmes about cooking from

around the world. We are lucky in that Australia's SBS network (Special

Broadcasting Service "multi-cultural television") has a regular slot for

food and wine at a convenient time on Saturday evenings. Over the last

couple of years we have seen series on French, Indian, Chinese, English,

Vegetarian, Australian and Sri Lankan cookery, among others. If you're

missing out, why not call your local station?

This recipe comes from a series called "Australian Tableland".

Traditionally, damper should be cooked in the coals of a camp fire, but the

temperature in an oven is much more consistent! This recipe has the

advantages of being simple and, with ordinary care, reliable.

: Difficulty: easy.

: Time: 10 minutes preparation, 30 minutes cooking.

: Precision: measure carefully.

Category: Australian Recipes