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Australia Recipes: Damper

  • 450g/1lb Self-rising flour
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp Butter, softened
  • 210ml/7fl.oz. Milk
  • approx 120ml/4fl.oz. Water

1. Preheat the oven to 220C, 425F, gas Mark 7 and grease and flour a baking sheet.

2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour and the salt.

3. Cut or rub the butter into the flour then make a well in the centre of the mixture and pour in the milk and most of the water.

4. Stir with a knife until the dough comes together adding a little more of the water if necessary to form a slightly sticky dough.

5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and form into a round loaf about 20cm/8 inches in diameter.

6. Place the loaf onto the prepared tin and using a sharp knife, cut a cross into the top then bake for 25 minutes.

7. Turn the oven off and leave the loaf in the oven for an additional 5 to 10 minutes. The loaf should sound hollow when tapped.

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