Sunday, 26 January 2014

Oregano and Cheese Damper










Australians all let us rejoice, for we have damper.

Oregano and Cheese Damper
from Delicious
Serves 4 - 6

150g self-raising flour
160g wholemeal self-raising flour
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
60g chilled unsalted butter, chopped
1/4 cup oregano leaves, finely chopped
60g cheddar cheese, grated
185ml milk, plus extra for brushing
60ml water
Parmesan cheese, finely grated for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Set aside.

Sift the flours into a large mixing bowl. Add the salt and butter and rub together with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the oregano and cheese and stir to combine. Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk and water. Stir to incorporate all the flour. You will have a soft dough.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead gently until almost smooth (1 - 2 minutes). Shape into a 22cm round loaf and place on the prepared baking tray. Score a cross in the top of the damper with a floured knife and brush with milk. Sprinkle over a generous amount of finely grated parmesan. Bake for 30 minutes, until golden, firm and the base sounds hollow when lightly tapped. Serve with lashings of butter.

16 comments:

  1. I adore damper. I still remember the first time I ate a chunk smothered in butter, sitting around a campfire at the age of 9... I've been hooked ever since! I definitely wanna try you version. Oregano and cheese is a fantastic combo. Happy Aussie day cobber!

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    1. Thanks mate. I detest camping, but promise me a chunk of butter-slathered damper and I'll show up for the grub at least.

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  2. Looks and sounds absolutely delicious!

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  3. Oh gosh, it looks so good. Oregano and cheese are always good friends!

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    1. You know how I feel about cheese Gabrielle.

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  4. Oh my goodness, this looks sooo delicious .. could just eat a piece for brekky! Looks pretty easy to make as well.

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    1. It's so easy Helen and perfect for breakfast.

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  5. I'll try it! I'm taking the recipe, if you don't mind. Have a nice week.

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  6. Hope you had a lovely Australia Day! This looks like it'd be perfect with a big ole bowl of chili that I don't have but want desperately right now. Oregano and cheese together in bread, love it.

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    1. Thanks Maria. This with chili would be heavenly.

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  7. Thank you for introducing this American to damper. It looks awesome.

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    1. You're welcome. It's the least I could do after all the cornbread I've made and consumed :)

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  8. Damper's awesome! Yours looks so fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside, yum :)

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    1. Thanks Emma. Australia Day definitely calls for damper.

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