Cookbook:Damper (Australian Campfire Bread)
|Damper (Australian Campfire Bread)|
|Servings||2-5 depending on appetites.|
Damper is Australian bushman's bread, made while camping or "waltzing matilda" (carrying a swag around looking for work). It is meant to be made outside by a campfire.
- Add salt to flour.
- Add scant 1/4 cup water (more and it will be as tough as an old boot).
- Mix and form into a round loaf.
- Dig a foot-deep hole near a fire and add 2 shovels of hot coals and ash.
- Add damper mixture to a greased camp oven (traditional cast iron round pot with lid).
- Cook for maximum of 40 minutes. If undercooked it will be flat and rubbery.
- Your first try may be inedible. Keep trying, you'll soon be an expert.
- This cookbook also has a Drover's damper recipe.
- You can do this in a barbecue grill with mixture in greased metal foil as well. During cooking, damper increases volume by 1/3 to 1/2, so allow room for expansion.
- If you aren't outdoors, just add mixture to greased oven tray and cook in a moderate oven for 30 - 40 minutes.