(Photo by: Steve Brown)
Damper, Australia’s iconic camping bread. It’s simple to make, and is also very cheap. I’m adding the recipe to the basic, original Damper which is just flour, a pinch of salt and water.
450g self-raising flour
a pinch of salt
185mL (3/4 cup) water.
Preheat oven to 200°C. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl.
Add the water to the flour mixture and use a round-bladed knife in a cutting motion to mix until the mixture just comes together, adding 1-2 tbs extra water if the mixture is a little dry. Use your hands to bring the mixture together.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently for 1-2 minutes or until smooth. Shape into an 18cm disc and place on tray. Use a sharp knife that has been dipped in flour to mark 8 wedges on top. Dust the damper with a little extra flour and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the damper is cooked through and sounds hollow when tapped on the base. Transfer to a wire rack for 5 minutes to cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Cost of making the damper:
Here, I’ve used Coles Online Shopping as a guide line. You need to base your calculations on how much the flour cost you when you bought it, or if you have it already look how much that brand costs on Coles Online Shopping
450g Coles self-raising flour = (From a 1kg packet) costs $0.45
pinch of salt, which is roughly 3g (Saxa Table Salt, from a 125g packet) = $0.03
5g Coles self-raising flour (used to dust the top of the damper pre-baking) = $0.05
So, for the whole damper it costs $0.53, which means a wedge of damper costs $0.06 (assuming you make 8 wedges).
It might not be the nicest tasting damper, but it probably is a good accompanying baked beans or soup.
I’ve also modified the recipe from the original source (I’ve left out the butter, but if you include butter and use unsalted Western Star Butter portions, 80g will cost $1.03 which will increase the cost of the damper to $1.56, with the flow on effect that each wedge costs $0.20).