Prep 25 mins
Cook 20 mins
Damper is a traditional Australian bread, but this version is cut up and served as a kind of scone. The recipe comes from the Australian Women’s Weekly cookbook "Muffins, Scones and Breads”. Recipe posted for Zaar World Tour 2005. NOTE: Australian chefs use a larger tablespoon measure so will only need 2 tablespoons of crystallised ginger and the same for the extra sugar.
- 15 g butter
- 3 stalks rhubarb, finely chopped (200g)
- 300 g self-raising flour
- 1 pinch bicarbonate of soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 60 g ground almonds
- 2 1⁄2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger
- 75 g caster sugar (superfine)
- 250 ml milk (approximately)
- 2 1⁄2 tablespoons caster sugar (extra)
- Pre-heat oven to 450F / 220C /gas mark 6.
- Melt the butter in a small pan, add rhubarb, cook and stir for about 5 minutes or until rhubarb is just tender; leave to cool.
- Sift flour, soda and cinnamon into a medium sized bowl; stir in ground almonds, ginger, sugar and rhubarb.
- Stir in enough milk to mix to a soft, sticky dough.
- Turn dough onto a floured surface, knead until smooth.
- Divide dough in half, place halves onto greased baking trays, shape into a 15cm rounds; mark each round into 8 wedges, sprinkle with the extra sugar.
- Bake for about 20 minutes.
The flavor was wonderful as the almond and cinnamon combination went wonderfully with the rhubarb and ginger. Its a tangy peppery sweet that's a little more complicated than your usual breakfast sweetness. I made this using a blend of splenda and sugar. Not a good idea as it may have created some odd restusts on the exterior of the damper - not sure as this was my first. Mine was brown and tender lacking any crispyness - something that often happens with sugar substitue. Nonetheless we enjoyed it thoroughly. Thanks Caroline.