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Damper

Damper
This is a traditional bread baked in the coals of an open fire but nowadays we bake it in a normal oven. Of course there are as many variations as there are days in the years but the basic recipe is as follows
Ingredients
  • 4 cups self-raising flour
  • ¾ - 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup water
Instructions
  1. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl and mix in the sugar.
  2. Rub in the butter with your (clean) hands until a fine breadcrumb texture is achieved.
  3. For a well in the top of the flour, pour in the milk and water, and mix well with a knife until the dough come clean from the sides of the bowl.
  4. Turn out onto a floured board and knead until smooth and silky, like a baby's bottom.
  5. Shape into a mounded loaf, (some people cut a deep cross in the top) and bake in a preheated oven, 200 c / 400 F, for 25 minutes. Then lower the temperature to 180 c / 375 f and cook a further 10 - 15 minutes until done. The loaf should be a light golden brown colour and sound hollow when tapped.
  6. If you are "game" try cooking it on a camp fire; nothing beats that extra smoky flavour.

 

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Coffee and hazelnut muffins

Coffee and hazelnut muffins
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups SR Flour
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup roughly chopped hazelnuts
  • 8 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons of butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C. Brush oil on the bottoms of 12 muffin tins.
  2. Mix flour, hazelnuts and sugar in a bowl.
  3. Use just enough boiling water to dissolve the coffee and mix it with the milk.
  4. In another bowl mix the milk, egg, butter and vanilla.
  5. Pour the egg mixture into the flour and fold in with a fork. Do not over mix.. it just has to be wet mostly through. This is the main secret to good muffins.
  6. Spoon into muffin tins, filling each one about ⅔.
  7. Bake for 15 - 20 mins or until just starting to brown and a skewer comes out clean.

 

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Coconut Surprise Muffins

Coconut Surprise Muffins
Ingredients
  • 2 cups SR Flour
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1¼ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup of butter, melted
  • 1 tsp coconut essence
  • 12 tsp strawberry jam
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 celsius. Brush oil on the bottoms of 12 muffin tins.
  2. Mix flour, coconut and sugar in a bowl.
  3. In another bowl mix the milk, egg, essence and butter.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the flour and fold in with a fork. Do not over mix. This is the main secret to good muffins.
  5. Spoon into muffin tins, filling each one about ½ way. Place a teaspoon of jam in the centre of each and then finish filling with mixture to ⅔.
  6. Bake for 15 - 20 mins or until just starting to brown.

 

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Coconut Damper

Coconut Damper
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of plain or wholemeal flour
  • pinch salt
  • ¾ cup of milk-more if wholemeal
  • 1 cup of coconut-desicated is best
  • tble sp of oil
Instructions
  1. Mix all in a bowl, pour into a greased or baking paper lined tin.
  2. Bake at 150c for an hour then 170-180c for 20-30mins
  3. Slice and eat warm with butter or cool and slice and use like toast for breakfast...with lots of butter
  4. This was once traditionally cooked in the ground

 

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Cheese and Sweet Potato Muffins

Cheese and Sweet Potato Muffins
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Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups SR Flour
  • 2 tblsn caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • ¾ cup grated sweet potato
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped basil
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup of butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C. Brush oil on the bottoms of 12 regular sized muffin tins.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, paprika and baking podwer in a bowl. Add the cheese, basil and sweet potato and mix well.
  3. In another bowl mix the milk, egg, and butter .
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the flour and fold in with a fork. Do not over mix.. it just has to be wet mostly through, it doesn't even matter if there are small areas of flour about. This is the main secret to good, light muffins.
  5. Spoon into muffin tins, filling each one about ⅔.
  6. Bake for 15 - 25 mins or until just starting to brown.

 

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Carrot Muffins

Carrot Muffins
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Ingredients
  • 2½ cups SR Flour
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sultanas
  • ¼ chopped walmuts
  • 1½ cups grated carrot
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 80 grams of butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C. Brush oil on the bottoms of 12 muffin tins.
  2. Wrap the carrot in some to paper towel to absorb some of the water.
  3. Mix flour, spice, sultanas, carrot, walnuts and sugar in a bowl.
  4. In another bowl mix the milk, egg and butter.
  5. Pour the egg mixture into the flour and fold in with a fork. Do not mix it too much: it just has to be wet mostly through. This is the main secret to light muffins.
  6. Spoon into muffin tins, filling each one about ⅔.
  7. Bake for 15 - 20 mins or until just starting to brown.

 

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Bran Teabread

Bran Teabread
Ingredients
  • 125g bran
  • 125g soft brown sugar
  • 225g mixed dried fruit
  • 300ml milk
  • 125g wholewheat self-raising flour
Instructions
  1. Mix together the bran, sugar and fruit in a bowl. Stir in the milk and stand for 1 hour. Stir in the sieved flour and transfer the mixture to a greased 450g loaf tin.
  2. Cook in a preheated moderate oven (180°C) for 1.5 to 2 hours or until cooked. Allow to cool before turning out and serve sliced, with butter. Makes one l 450g loaf.

 

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Bikies Bread – Beer Bread

Bikies Bread - Beer Bread
This is a beer bread recipe my dad used to make when I was young.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups of SR Flour (I often use half wholemeal)
  • half a teaspoon o salt
  • 1 stubbie of beer (not light) About 350 - 400ml
Instructions
  1. Mix together and pour into a loaf pan that has been well greased. Sprinkle with some grated cheese. One large loaf should take about 50 - 60 mins in a 200 C oven. Bake until browning.

 

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Beer Cake

Beer Cake
Ingredients
  • 100 grams butter
  • 4 cups SR Flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups beer
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 cup mixed fruit
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
Instructions
  1. Rub the butter into the flour. Mix sugar and spice into flour. Then add the fruit and egg. Add beer, mixing well. Pour into a 10 inch baking dish.
  2. You can add this topping to it:
  3. cup plain flour, 1 cup sugar, 80 grams of butter. Crumble together and sprinkle over the cake.
  4. Bake at 160 C for around 30 minutes.

 

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Basic Pizza Base

Basic Pizza Base
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup water lukewarm
  • 1 sachet 7g dry yeast
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1½ cups plain flour
Instructions
  1. Place warm water in a shallow bowl. Add yeast, salt, sugar and oregano. Stir to dissolve yeast. Add ½ cup flour and blend all ingredients, until smooth. Stir in remaining flour. Cover, in a bowl, with cling wrap and allow to rise for 20 minutes. Spread dough evenly with oiled spoon, on a 12" tray or 2 x 8" trays. Cover with tomato paste, cheese, ham, pineapple etc.
  2. Cook in a 200 degrees celsius oven until the base is cooked and the cheese is beginning to brown.