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Outback Wilderness Delight: Bushman’s Damper


About the Dish:

Damper is a traditional Australian bread that is typically cooked over an open fire. It is a simple and hearty bread that has been enjoyed for generations. The bread is made from basic ingredients like flour, salt, and water, and can be easily prepared with minimal equipment. Damper has a dense texture and is best served warm with butter or jam. It can be enjoyed as a side dish or as a main course when filled with ingredients like meat, cheese, or vegetables. Its versatility and rustic flavors make damper a beloved staple in Australian cuisine.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrient Amount


Ingredient Quantity
2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water
Butter or jam, for serving

Cooking Instructions:

  • Step 1: In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Gradually add water, stirring with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic.
  • Step 2: Shape the dough into a round loaf and place on a greased baking sheet. Use a serrated knife to score the top of the loaf with a cross shape.
  • Step 3: Bake in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for 30-40 minutes, or until the damper is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes.
  • Step 4: Serve the damper warm, sliced and spread with butter or jam. Alternatively, you can cut a slit in the top of the damper and fill it with your favorite ingredients, such as ham and cheese, or roasted vegetables, to make a delicious sandwich.

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