Friday, April 23, 2010

Chive and Bacon Damper

This damper is fantastic with a simple tomato soup.  However I made a simple chive damper without the bacon and the cheese to go with my Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup.  You can add what ever fresh herbs you like to this recipe or have it totally plain with a little butter and golden syrup drizzled over top.  It's very quick and easy to make.

Chive and Bacon Damper

2  bacon rashers fat trimmed off and chopped finely
2  cups flour
4  teaspoons baking powder
30g butter
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese (tasty or colby)
2 tblsp finely chopped fresh chives (spring onions or ordinary onions)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water

Cook bacon in pan until crisp then put on paper towel to drain.  Put flour in bowl add baking powder and rub in butter, add cheese, chives and bacon.  Add milk and enough water to mix to a soft sticky dough.  Turn dough onto floured surface, knead until smooth.  Shape dough into a long loaf shape (to make sure the centre cooks); place on flat tray lined with baking paper.  Mark a few cuts into the dough so it opens out a little while cooking and brush with a little extra milk.  Bake in moderately hot oven 190-200°C/375-400°F for approx. 25-35 mins.  Serve with butter and tomato soup.


sirpa said...

I will definitely try this one (maybe just without the bacon). Usually my breads never turn out good. I've tried rolls with a dozen different recipes and for some reason I never get the dough to rise. I don't know why. Let's see if this one will work! Thanks, Lisha! I love your blog. And you too, of course! ;)

Lisha said...

Thanks Sirpa, this is just an easy damper best cooked in a hot oven, sometimes the outside gets a little overcooked and the inside undercooked that's why I cut the top of it.

Love you too!!