A damper is an Austrian bread type that as far as I know has its origin in the colony era. It is a very quick bread. You just throw the ingredients together and then bake it right away. This recipe is one i modified from a recipe on albanyaustralia.com. I have made it in an oven and over open fire on a skillet at the larp I was at this summer. Both work great. The recipe is quite malleable and can be made both sweet and savory.
From historical sources we know that these viking flatbread were called “leve” which literally means living. Right now I am experimenting with bread for breakfast for the LARP we are going to (Drachenfest).
No kidding – these are the best buns I have ever made, so give them a try. You can ice them with a mix of icing sugar and water and dip them in coconut flakes.
A traditional danish birthday party is held in the afternoon. One serves coffee or hot chocolate with a layered cake, birthday buns and small danish cookies.
These traditional buns are baked for carnival or “fastelavn” as it is called in Danish. They are supposed to be the part of the big party before lend. Even though nobody upholds lend anymore these buns are widely available in stores and are baked and eaten in February. It is a soft bun filled with custard.