This was a while ago while the craze of My Kitchen Rules was still on. Greatly inspired by Bill and Alex I decided to attempt the great Aussie damper. Never made it, never tried it but now is the time after being here for so long. Plus it would be handy if I ever get stuck in the outback with flour and coal.
We had the webber going for a BBQ so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to do it outdoor style. On the coal. Also inspired by Bill & Alex, I decided to whip up a spicy tomato sauce to go with it. So here is our Bacon and onion damper with spicy tomato sauce.
1 cup diced bacon
1 onion finely chopped
2 cups self raising flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
2 tbsp olive oil
- Add 1 tbsp olive oil to pan and cook finely chopped onion and diced bacon till fragrant. Turn off heat.
- Mix flour, salt and olive oil together. Add milk slowly and mix to form a dough.
- Knead the dough till soft and smooth.
- Incorporate the onion and bacon bits into dough evenly.
- Shape the into a nice round loaf and wrap with two layers of tin foil.
- Place in coal (cover with coal as well) and let it bake for 20 to 30 minutes.
As this was my first time making damper I was checking every 10 minutes to ensure the heat is even and no particular part is burning quicker than the other. Plus I was cooking it in a Webber so heat wasn't exactly even but nonetheless I just had to turn it upside down and around.
For the spicy tomato sauce, I just opened a tin of diced tomatoes, finely chopped two chillies and cooked it in a pan with 1 tsp sugar, salt to taste and chopped parsley. Bring it to high heat and simmer until you get a thick sauce.