It’s soft, fluffy in the centre, with a nice crust on the outside, and everything a good piece of damper should be, so it was no surprise that the Historic Village’s very own Bushie Noel Evennett's damper took top honours at the recent Atherton Show.
In fact, he has been delighting visitors to the Historic Village since he opened his very own ‘Pioneer Camp’ in 2012 serving some 60,000 people who have indulged in their very own Cocky’s Joy damper – the piece of damper served with a generous lashing of golden syrup.
Alternatively, the damper can also be used to mop up the juices from Noel’s traditional Aussie camp oven stew.
Not only did Noel take top honours in Section 15, Culinary Art Miscellaneous Baking, Class 21 Damper, he also received second place in the same category with a fruit version filled with currants and raisins commonly known in the bush as a“spotted dog”.
Noel is hoping to make it a hat-trick in 2016, having also taken out the top prize at the Atherton Show in 2014. “I had never even thought about entering the show but one of the organiser’s came through the Village, tried my damper and encouraged me to enter.
“Last year I had to enter the miscellaneous baking section but this year they created a standalone category just for damper.”
Noel said while it felt great to win, the pressure was on to improve for next year and his tip for cooking a delicious damper…
“Know your firewood and your heat and don’t play with the dough. If it is too hot, the bum and top will go all black. If you want a rock, overwork the dough,” he added.
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