When I was introduced to the damper recipe I was instantly intrigued:
- Me: The ingredients make it seem like a biscuit or a scone
- Recipe Sharer: Yeah it essentially is. And it goes with everything. I’ll send you the recipe directions.
- Me: Does a mental fist pump. Thank you, that would be great!
According to Wikipedia, Damper is actually an Australian soda bread and an iconic Australian dish. But to me the recipe sounded like a plain scone. And the truth of the matter is that scones are delectable. And Australia is a wonderful place. So I could only assume that this recipe was going to be wonderfully delectable. I immediately shared the recipe with my friend Shannon and we committed to making damper the next day. We have already made it twice in the last 5 days.
The great thing about a knockout biscuit/scone recipe is that they are a very versatile pastry item. We kept ours original and simply slathered butter and jam onto them. But I can already imagine the possibilities: mixing fruit/chocolate/nuts into the dough, making bomb breakfast sandwiches using damper as the bread, serving them alongside dinner…believe me I could go on.
Another plus about making damper as opposed to other scone or biscuit recipes it that it is relatively low in butter and sugar. It’s not completely exempt of those two items, but we have to take our victories, however small they may be. So without further ado, I give you Damper-the best biscuits with the weirdest name.
Australian Damper (Makes 1 large loaf, or 6 large biscuits)
- 2 cups flour
- 1-1.5 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
- 4 Tablespoons chilled butter
- 1 cup milk or half and half
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or cooking spray.
- In a large bowl add flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Blend dry ingredients together with a fork.
- Slice chilled butter and add to the dry ingredients, blending butter in until the mix resembles coarse crumbs. (I used my hands for this part and “massaged” the butter in)
- Pour measured milk or half and half into the bowl and mix together until dough just comes together.
- To place damper on a baking sheet: (1) Form 1 large loaf with the dough or (2) Use a spoon to “drop” dough onto the baking pan. Do not flatten the dough.
- Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
- Serve with butter, jam, honey, etc. The possibilities are endless!