Damper bread made famous by the swagmen, drovers and travelers through the bush in Australia would make this simple bread in the coals of their campfire. This version is cooked in the oven is spiced up a bit with some olives and parmesan cheese.
- 3 cups self-rising flour
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 ounces chilled butter
- 1 cup black olives
- 1 cup parmesan cheese
- ½ cup milk
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt and sugar.
Add in the butter and using your fingertips, rub together the butter and flour mixture until you have created a fine sand feeling.
Add in the parmesan cheese and olives, mix well
Add in the milk and a little bit of cold water if necessary, stir with a wooden spoon and mix until you form a slightly sticky dough. Keep adding in water if necessary
Sprinkle a board with some flour and start kneading the dough for a few minutes, until smooth.
Once smooth, flatten the dough into a 8” circle.
Lightly grease a cookie sheet or parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
Using a sharp knife cut the dough into portions, without cutting all the way through the dough to the bottom.
Cook in a 350 degree oven for about 50 minutes or until golden brown
Let it cool and serve with a little butter.