What better way to celebrate Australia Day (or any day) than with some pimped up bush-bread. Here in Australia, we call it damper, and it’s never tasted so delicious.
Traditional damper is made with flour, water and salt. Sounds boring right? Not this pimped up version. I’ve added butter, milk plus pizza toppings. Yes, pizza! Because pizza means cheese, and cheese is the BEST!
Fillings? Go nuts! I added salami and olives, cos YUM. But the best thing about this recipe? You can easily add your own favourites. Hawaiian damper pizza anyone? What about vegemite and cheese? You can’t get more Australian than that.
Just so you know. The cook time on this, is a little longer than my usual 30 minute recipes. But don’t be put off. The damper literally takes 15 minutes to get in the oven. And once it’s in…set, forget, and go and do something fun.
My final piece of advice. Cut it up and serve it warm. Take it from me, you don’t want to miss out on that melty, gooey ,cheesy deliciousness. Seriously! It’s soooooo good.
I don’t know about you, but this easy cheesy damper pizza is happening at my Australia Day BBQ. If you try it, let me know.
Pimped Up Damper Pizza
A delicious twist on an Aussie classic!
- 2 cups self-raising flour + extra for flouring
- pinch of salt
- 60g butter chopped
- ¾ cup milk
- 10 slices salami or 6 slices ham, thinly sliced.
- ½ cup tasty cheese
- ¼ cup pitted kalamata olives, chopped in half
- 2 tbs flat leaf parsley chopped
- Step 1 Preheat oven to 200C/390F, and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Step 2 Add flour, salt and butter to a large mixing bowl (don’t worry about sifting the flour…ain’t nobody got time for that!) Next use your fingers to rub the butter and flour together, until the mixture becomes crumbly, and looks like fine breadcrumbs. Then stir in the cheese, salami, olives and parsley.
- Step 3 Make a well in the centre of the mixture and pour in the milk, reserving a small amount for brushing. Use a spoon to stir the mixture until a dough forms and then turn it onto a floured surface (sticky dough is okay, you can add more flour to your surface later, if you need to). Knead the dough until it’s forms a smooth ball, then use your hands to pat down the dough to form a 20cm/8in circle.
- Step 4 Transfer the dough to the prepared baking tray. With a knife, cut 8 slices (just 3 centimetres or 1 inch deep, not all the way through) and brush the top with the remaining milk. Place in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes, until golden and a skewer comes out cleanly.
- Step 5 Once cooked remove from the oven, transfer the damper to a wire rack and let it cool for 5 minutes. Slice, and tell em’ to get it while it’s hot.
- Got leftovers? Pop them in the freezer. This easy cheesy damper pizza makes a great anytime treat.
- If you want to make this recipe gluten friendly, try gluten free self raising flour.
- Stuck for pizza filling ideas? Don’t be, it’s a great way to use up your fridge leftovers. I’m talking pesto, tomatoes, spinach, onion…anything really. Go crazy!
If you make my Pimped Up Damper Pizza, remember to share it with me on Instagram. I love seeing and sharing your creations. Find me at @youtotallygotthis and use the hastag #youtotallygotthis so I can find you!