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Aussie damper

Christmas tree hunt and bush BBQ

One of my absolute favourite Christmas traditions is our tree hunt followed by a bush BBQ.

Usually close to dusk we head off to visit our friend’s property. They have lots of wonderful potential Christmas trees to choose from. We go with our good friends Fraggle and Mo, and this year their Italian cousin came too 🙂

We trek into the bush looking for the tree that *speaks* to us. Stopping to look at critters along the way.

For me the smell of pine trees is ‘Christmas’ as I always had a real tree growing up. And choosing a tree is half the fun anyway 🙂 Here’s our tree!

After our tree hunt we head towards a river where we set up a camp fire. Along the way we spotted kangaroos 🙂 I’ll have to keep my camera on the ready next time!

The lads collected the wood and got our fire burning bright.

We cooked up our bush burgers; minute steaks with a yummy salad on fresh rolls.

Before eating some camp oven baked damper dripping with honey (recipe here).

We all head home late, well satisfied, tired, and happy 🙂

The next day we decorated our tree and, as Master D said, ‘it’s beautiful!’.

Warm wishes, Kelly

Aussie damper and dinosaur biscuits

My brothers and I used to love making damper on the camp fire or bbq. We would all search for the perfect stick to wrap it around before holding it in the coals to cook. Once it was slightly burnt (well that’s how we rolled) we would pull it out and smother it in jam or honey – yumo!

One of the great things about having children is sharing the things you loved as a kid with them 🙂 So today we got the brazier burning and made some damper.

We used:

  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 cup milk

Mix the butter and dry ingredients together before adding milk to make a good dough. Then wrap around your stick and place it in the coals. Or for a more civilised version wrap the dough in foil and place on top of the brazier (my husband convinced me to go this way last night). Once it is burnt (hee hee) or cooked for around 20 minutes pull it out and add jam or honey 🙂

We also made some super yummy chocolate dinosaur biscuits this week:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup self raising flour
  • 125 g butter
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • few drops of vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa

Cream butter and sugar before adding the egg and vanilla. Next add the flour and cocoa – mix until it is dough like.We then made small slightly flat biscuit balls before pressing plastic dinosaurs into them. Cook at 160° for around 20 minutes (this mix is also yummy raw)!

 Thanks for reading, Kelly