Monday, 21 April 2014

Syrup Damper : Bread Maker Machine Recipe

I know I am usually blogging about cake and decorating but every now and then I like to whip up some cookies or crave for a different type of treat.

Today is one of those days where I really feel like Syrup Damper. This sweet version of damper is my favourite, nothing is more comforting than a warm piece dripping with real butter and a cup of tea.

My extended family includes some very talented cooks hailing from The Torres Straits of Australia. Syrup Damper is one of their yummy signature treats that I am unfortunately not able to recreate successfully.  Despite been given recipes,  my damper just never turns out as good.

I hear you ask how do I get damper wrong? I know right! I guess it's the same reason why I get scones wrong too! I am just not a dough girl! They either burn, don't rise or are tough despite following the instructions... I am just not to make bread the traditional way!

But this doesn't solve my problem today, I feel like Syrup Damper but I don't know how to make it properly and there is no one here to bake it for me! So I have an idea - how about the Bread Maker? I make the best breads in there (well I measure the ingredients really well) so I wonder if I can make syrup damper in there too?

A quick flick of my machine's recipe book leads me to a plain damper recipe.  It's got the usual damper ingredients - flour, water and powdered milk but also has oil and sugar.  I don't want to just throw in a normal recipe in there in case I get the ratios wrong and overflow my machine. So my thinking is use all tne ratios in the books recipe but change some of the ingredients.

Keep reading to find out what I did and the recipe to follow at the end.


Adaptations:
400ml water - I changed to 360ml + 40ml golden syrup. (Total liquid still 400ml)

White Sugar - I changed to Brown sugar since it has that golden syrup flavour.

Bread improver - what's that? No we're making damper here! So I changed that to another teaspon of sugar to keep the dry ingredient ratio balanced.

And what great thinking it was. For the first time I have made a type of syrup  damper that actually tastes just like Auntys does! (Well maybe not as good but  it will do for me today)  I'm feeling really good that I have worked out a cheats Syrup Damper for the dough challenged like me!  And best of all clean up was so easy - no flour all over the kitchen this time!

Bread Machine Recipe

Liquids
360ml water
40ml or 2 tablespoons of Golden Syrup
40ml or 2 tablespoons of Vegetable Oil

Dry
4 Cups Plain Flour
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon of Salt
2 tablespoons of Powdered Milk (Sunshine Milk)
2 tablespoons of baking powder
*Australian metric measurements e.g 1 teaspoon 5ml, 1 tablespoon 20ml.

Method:

Add all ingredients in order from liquid to dry to your pan.
Place pan in machine, following your manufacturers instructions,  select "Yeast free setting" if you have the option for crust I chose Medium.
When it's cooking cycle is completed, again follow your machine's usual instructions on removing.
Enjoy while still warm with real butter, and a nice cup of tea.


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