In trying to find more lunch box snacks for my girls this year, I've started making these super simple 'Mini Dampers' which are a big hit.
Damper is a traditional Australian bread cooked on a camp fire with just basic ingredients. The very basic damper would be flour with butter rubbed in then mixed to a dough with water or milk and then baked in a large round.
To me, this is basically a simple scone recipe like I grew up with in England - although we didn't cook scones on a fire and generally they were cut into smaller pieces rather than one large round.
So anyway, this recipe you could call a type of Damper or Scone. It uses fetta cheese instead of butter and adds the extra flavour of sun-dried tomatoes, basil and onion.
2 cups Self Raising flour
1 onion chopped and lightly fried
5 or 6 sundried tomatoes
1 cup fetta, crumbled
handful of basil leaves chopped
milk to mix (approx 1/2 cup)
Preheat oven to 200C (400F)
Sieve the flour then add the onion, tomatoes, most of the fetta and the basil. Gradually add milk and mix until a soft dough is formed.
Knead lightly on a floured surface.
Divide into 8 portions, shape into rounds and place on a baking tray.
Mark a grid - like a noughts and crosses (tic tac toe) grid on the top of each one and sprinkle with remaining fetta.
Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
These really are best enjoyed warm from the oven, but also keep a couple of days in an airtight container and make great lunch box snacks!
I like to cut mine open to eat!
You could add really anything you like to these mini dampers - use butter instead of cheese, and substitute anything you like for the sundried tomato and basil - pumpkin, zucchini, other herbs, or even something sweet like sultanas or dates.
What kind of snacks do you put in your kids lunch boxes? I'd love some new suggestions and recipes to try with my kids!
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