This bread dates back to the early days of the Australian colonies. It may have been named for William Dampier, an early explorer.
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water (105 degrees F to 115 degrees F)
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 1 cup buttermilk
- Dissolve yeast in warm water; stir in sugar.
- Mix flour, baking powder and salt in large bowl; cut in shortening until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
- Stir in yeast mixture and buttermilk until soft dough forms. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; gently knead until smooth, about 1 minute. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.
- Shape dough into a round 7 inch diameter loaf. Place on greased cookie sheet. Cover; let rise in warm place 30 minutes.
- Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Cut an X about 1/2 inch deep in top of bread. Bake until golden brown, about 35 minutes.
- Serve warm. Tear bread into pieces to serve.
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