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48 Hours in Essex, England

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Essex: England’s southeasterly county with a dubious reputation for big hair, loud mouths, and gauche behavior. If you’re pondering a London side trip this summer (most Essex towns can be reached in 90 minutes or fewer from the capital), here’s a suggested 48-hour itinerary sure to reveal Essex’s more charming, underrated side.


If you prefer to begin your Essex getaway somewhere quaint and historical, Harwich Town is a great starting point. The tiny peninsular village is the home of Mayflower captain Christopher Jones. In fact, it hosts the Mayflower Project, for which volunteers are building a full replica of the iconic ship that’s set to sail to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 2020 to commemorate the journey’s 400th anniversary. Today, visitors can witness the exciting progress of the ship’s construction during the tours that take place every weekday.

Take a stroll around the Ha’Penny Pier, located at the tip of the Harwich Town peninsula (it gets its name from its original toll charge amount at “half a penny”). There you’ll find the Visitor’s Center, a café in wraparound glass, and several outdoor benches where you can admire the estuary views and the busy industrial port activity in the waters. The pier is also the starting point for the Harwich Society’s free guided walking tours, a recommended way to learn about the town while speaking with passionate local volunteers (available May through September on Saturdays). Other places worth a look include the Redoubt Fort, which has an impressive collection of heavy-duty weaponry from wars of yesteryear, and the Maritime Museum, which resides in a restored mid-sized lighthouse on the harbor (open daily from May 1 through August 31).

Have a stay at the Pier Hotel, which, as the name suggests, sits conveniently along the harbor overlooking the Ha’Penny Pier. With a traditional maritime build on the outside and surprisingly contemporary interior decor, the hotel boasts great views of the pier and the Stour and Orwell rivers. If you don’t plan to stay in the Pier Hotel’s rooms, their upmarket Harbourside Restaurant is undoubtedly worth a visit. Seafood is the main attraction at this occasion-ready restaurant, with dishes such as lobster served grilled, poached, and thermidor-style, and the excellent grilled Dover sole with steamed clams and samphire. Additionally, both Harbourside and the ground-floor Ha’Penny Bistro serve full-on afternoon tea, offering a tower of scones, petit fours, and finger sandwiches to accompany your pot of Earl Grey.


Southend-on-Sea is the unofficial capital of “full-on” Essex, where all-ages seaside attractions are plenty and spirited nightlife abounds. No visit is complete without a visit to the Southend Pier, the world’s largest amusement pier, which runs one and a third miles into the Thames Estuary. Visitors can either walk its staggering length or board the train, which takes passengers from end-to-end at a leisurely pace. If you want coffee or tea with first-rate views, get on top of Southend-on-Sea’s action at RBG Restaurant at the Park Inn Palace, which towers, Acropolis-style, directly above Adventure Island and Southend Pier.

Southend-on-Sea’s crown jewel of stays is the Roslin Beach Hotel, a posh (and affordable) four-star mini-resort yards away from the shore. The 62-room sea-chic hotel is about a mile away from the town’s lively epicenter… perfect for those who’d rather take shelter in more peaceful environs. It includes a gym, full-service spa (the Roslin Retreat), and their eponymous AA Rosette-winning restaurant. Its dining room, with a dramatic solarium revealing idyllic coastal views, gives way to a first-class experience. The seafood is expectedly fresh and fulfilling, such as the pan-seared scallops with white pudding, pear, and coriander; and pan-fried sea bass with sautéed new potatoes, red onion, and chorizo compote. Steak lovers are also in for a treat as the Roslin sources its beef from quality Speyside, Scotland, suppliers and their private English farm, resulting in cuts (accompanied with grilled tomato, mushroom, and hand-cut fries) you’re likely to remember fondly long after your meal’s finished. You can walk your dinner off along Thorpe Bay, the quieter section of beach, with splendid sights of the mega-pier and nearby towns twinkling across the water. Indeed, it is possible to experience a night in Southend-on-Sea without the bum-rush of spirited partygoers.

While Essex certainly isn’t “the only way,” it is indeed worth a detour for tasty food, history, and great coastal culture during your next U.K. trip.

Cabbage tree farm

Well OK not Essex, but Maungaturoto!

G shot a rabbit yesterday and I've been wanting to try out Jamie Oliver's recipe since I saw it on his show Jamie At Home (Series 1). Couldn't find it on his website so here is how it's done:

Joints of a fresh rabbit (cut off any long bones)
Fresh rosemary
Olive oil
White wine
Parmesan cheese
Fresh thyme

In a large lidded pan place the rabbit pieces, a good slug of olive oil, a glass of white wine, a couple of sprigs of rosemary, and a whole garlic bulb sliced in half (I would remove as much of the skins as possible as you can eat the garlic deep fried with the rabbit). Put the lid on and simmer on a very low heat for about 1 1/2 hours or until the flesh just starts to pull away from the bone slightly. If the rabbit is big you may need to cook for longer.

When cooked, remove the rabbit and garlic from the pan. Dust in seasoned flour, then dip in beaten egg to coat, then press into a mix of fresh breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and thyme leaves. Make sure the rabbit is well coated.

Deep fry the coated rabbit pieces for about a minute or so until nicely golden brown. Also briefly deep fry a sprig for rosemary (about 20 secs). Drain on kitchen paper and serve with a squeeze of lemon juice.

This was the best rabbit dish we've ever eaten. A great recipe, will definitely try it again, hopefully with a smaller (younger) rabbit for more tender meat, although the one we had was fine.


We love rabbit have them along with pigs and chickens at

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Many thanks for your comment. I'm very flattered to have been recommended to you for your Farm Blogs from Around the World site and would love to appear on it. Will get onto collating the info you require.
Look forward to exploring the blog, it sounds very interesting.
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We had another rabbit during the week and it was a lot smaller, also a female rather than male. The meat was so much more tender. I think we'll always try to get the smaller females for dinner from now on having made the comparison.

Dear Friend,
Thank you so kindly for posting the recipe for Jamie's Essex friend rabbit. I saw the episode in question just today (11/4/10) and was disappointed NOT to find the recipe when I looked on the web-site.
I wish you much joy and happiness in New Zealand. From all I see and read, it looks like Heaven on Earth!

First of all: thanks a lot for the recipe! :)
As you and a lot of others, I could't find it on internet, so it was very helpful for me, because I wanted to try this food - it means, I wanted to try rabbit first time. :)
I made some changes on it, I like thyme much better than rosemary, and at the end, I made little meatballs with the rabbit, the souce - was left from the meat - and egg and breadcrumb. I put them into breadcrumb-parmesan mixture and deep-fried it. Now I can say: I love rabbit. :) Thanks, one more.

Publisher of Truth, sorry for the late reply I missed your comment somehow..Glad you found the recipe. Enjoy!

Hi Anita
Also glad you found the recipe on my blog. Did you have wild rabbit or farmed? I like the idea of the meatballs, thanks for sharing your take on the recipe.
Best wishes Bridget

I'm gonne make this recipie 31-12-2011

My question is witch i'm unable to find in Jamie his books or here is:
Whats happening with the bones after cooking the rabbit in a pan.

Do you remove them or not before putting them in flour?

Hi Erik
Hope the recipe works well for your New Year's Eve dinner!
The bones stay in the rabbit meat - you do not remove them! Before cooking, just saw off any large bones that are sticking out of the joints of rabbit (if you need to).
Best wishes

Hi! Can one make this dish with other meat? Like, for example, lamb? :)

I've never tried another other meat for this recipe, you should try the lamb and see how it works.

Day 1: History and architecture

Welcome to your Two-Day Edinburgh Tour! We’re delighted to be your guides over the next 48 hours. As soon as you’ve had breakfast, make your way to Waverley Bridge and well meet you there!


Edinburgh Bus Tours

* May have Covid restrictions in place

Buying a hop-on-hop-off ticket for one of the bus tours is by far one of the best ways to see the city - and get around it. The brightly coloured tour buses all depart from Waverley Bridge, at the foot of the Scott Monument.

Bus tours are a great way to get to grips with the city’s layout, and you’ll learn lots of interesting facts as you pass the city’s buildings with the guided tour. Pick a route that takes your fancy - and fits with your schedule - and hop on! Keep hold of your ticket as it will come in handy for the rest of your Edinburgh sightseeing tour.

Of course, if the tour buses are a little too touristy for your liking, nip into the Lothian Buses office (also on Waverley Bridge). They’ll give you all the help you need to buy a day or family ticket so you can make your own way around.

Whatever you decide to do for your transport today, you’re making your way to the Scottish Parliament Building next, so keep an eye out for that stop, and we’ll see you there.

Scottish Parliament Building

* May have Covid restrictions in place

We’re visiting the parliament building in the morning because we like to play a game of MP spotting in the cafe before they head into their offices or the debating rooms.

If Parliament is in session, you can watch the goings-on from the public viewing gallery. And there’s an excellent guided tour which takes you around the building’s incredible architecture and history.

Palace of Holyrood House

* May have Covid restrictions in place

The Scottish Parliament building is practically on the Queen’s doorstep so it would be rude not to stop and say hello!

Inside this beautiful building are exhibitions and displays that take you through Edinburgh’s rich royal history. Wander around the art exhibitions, curated from Buckingham Palace and learn the secrets of Bonnie Prince Charlie and Mary Queen of Scots. It’s tempting to spend a whole morning wandering around the grand halls, but there are other grand buildings in store for you.

Scott Monument

* May have Covid restrictions in place (if climbing to the top)

Make your way back to the tour bus stops on Waverley Bridge and look up. You can’t help but see the iconic Scott Monument towering above you. We’re going to take you up that, today!

One of the world’s largest monuments dedicated to a writer, this 200ft tower is as jaw-dropping today as it was when it was built in 1846. Climb all 287 steps for a view across the city that almost rivals the beauty of the building itself.


* May have Covid restrictions in place

It’s time for a rest and some hearty grub. Let’s make our way across Waverley Bridge and up Cockburn Street where we’ll stop for some lunch.

You’ll never be stuck for something tasty to eat in this part of Edinburgh, but we know you’ll get some lovely bistro food and delicious wines in Ecco Vino, or if you fancy something a little more sunny, head to Laila’s Mediterranean Bistro.


Are you feeling refreshed and re-energised? Great! We’re going to head up onto the Royal Mile now for a spot of people watching. If you have time to explore, we encourage it. There are so many impressive buildings to admire, secret alleyways to explore. And there are usually street performers and little art and jewellery stalls to browse.

St. Giles’ Cathedral

* May have Covid restrictions in place

As architecture goes, this is a magnificent building. With crown spires, incredible stain glass windows and parts of the building dating the 1100s, you can’t fail to be impressed. Inside are memorials to around 200 distinguished Scots and you’ll also find Scotland’s chivalric company of Knights and the Chapel of The Order of the Thistle.

Entry is free, but check the St Giles website for opening times.

National Museum of Scotland

* May have Covid restrictions in place

The incredible National Museum of Scotland houses over 77,000 items in collections celebration Scotland’s culture, history, people and global connections. There’s no better way to explore Scottish primaeval age history to the present day.

Make your way up to the roof garden for 360 degree views across Edinburgh.

Can you spot the Scott Monument from up here?

Greyfriar’s Bobby

There’s just enough time to grab a photograph with one of Edinburgh’s most famous residents. The statue of Greyfriar’s Bobby sits in the lovely Greyfriar’s Kirkyard, where the little Skye terrier once guarded his owners grave.

Of course, Bobby has been forever immortalised by Walt Disney and countless books and picture books, so this is a photo opp not to be missed.

Quick tip: rub his nose for luck!

We’ve got one more stop on today’s tour before we give you some time off! It’s a big one, so let’s hurry.

Edinburgh Castle

* May have Covid restrictions in place

One of Edinburgh’s most instantly recognisable landmarks, Edinburgh Castle sits high above the city on the peak of an extinct volcano. You might be wondering why we’re here so late in the day. This is the best time to avoid long queues,, and there’s something magical about the light on the city at this time of day. Something you’ll definitely notice as you look over the castle walls to the city below.

This castle is an ancient stronghold and home to royalty for hundreds of years, including Queen Margaret, Mary Queen of Scots and James VI. If you’re short of time we recommend ticking the following off your list of ‘must-see’ items on display:

  • - The Crown Jewels
  • - Stone of Destiny
  • - Ancient Dungeons
  • - One o’clock Gun (which goes off at 1pm and will no doubt frighten the life out of you tomorrow at 1pm when you’re walking around Princes Street gardens! You’ve been warned)


Take some time to relax before we head out to dinner. We don’t know about you, but 40 winks and a hot shower seems like a great idea round about now!

Dinner & dancing at The Voodoo Rooms

* Booking recommended. May have Covid restrictions in place

Enjoy a relaxed, yet luxurious vibe in this well-loved, award winning Edinburgh hotspot. Relax before dinner with a few tempting cocktails (their mocktail list is pretty impressive, too). The interiors have a decadent feel and the food and service match the quality surroundings. After dinner, stay in the bar for tasty drinks and low-fi DJ music, or head into the main room to catch a band or DJ night.

The night is young

What you choose to do next is up to you! The world is your oyster, so they say, and Edinburgh is never short of entertainment. If you fancy a pub crawl, there’s no better place to head than the Grassmarket area where you can’t walk for tripping over excellent pubs! For comedy and laughs, The Stand Comedy Club is a perfect option (make sure you book ahead). If clubbing into the wee small hours is your idea of heaven, then head to a local nightclub like Cabaret Voltaire ( Cab Vol as it’s known by the locals), The Liquid Rooms or the Bongo Club.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you get plenty of rest because Day Two of your Edinburgh tour is just around the corner!

Traditional English RecipesTasty English Food For You to Cook

Most traditional English recipes have a long and eventful history. Some were passed down through generations of cooks, others were chance inventions that were so well liked that many cooks took them up and made them classics. This section of the site is my collection of things I've found and tried and loved.

There are recipes for an English breakfast, which is much more than bacon and eggs or toast on the run.

Soups are true soul food. They can be uplifting or soothing, calming or invigorating. They are easy to make and can feed a crowd, while Salads can turn a summer afternoon picnic into a stylish eating experience.

Sandwiches are a great English invention that's sadly been overtaken by the supermarkets. But make your own and you will really know the wonders of a good sandwich, whether you eat it at your desk or outside on the lawn as part of a picnic.

Tasty, warming, comforting . a good dinner should be all of these and we have a vast number of traditional English recipes that fit the bill perfectly.

Puddings are an English love affair. Summer desserts are light, fruity and just right for being eaten outside in the sunshine. And come winter, we look for more warming, comforting fare, to steamed puddings, baked puddings, warming crumbles and apple pie.

Drinking tea is an institution in England. And for most people, just a cuppa just won't do. There has to be something alongside it: a biscuit, a slice of cake, a bun or a scone. And just like baking, jam making, pickling and preserving are real kitchen pleasures, because the results of your labours are around for weeks if not months to be enjoyed.

While everyone can name at least three English drinks, what about all the others? The old-fashioned tried and tested ones? What about mulled wine, shandy gaff, claret cup, sloe gin, mead, a bowl of punch or a glass of cherry brandy?

Christmas without its myriad of traditional recipes just wouldn't be Christmas. Check out all the traditional favourites like mince pies, christmas pudding, mulled wine, chestnut soup and more in my Christmas food section.

And finally, there are sections for apple recipes, mincemeat recipes, asparagus dishes and recipes for the most maligned of all vegetables: Brussels Sprouts. Over time, I'm sure there'll be more. I love researching recipes - unusual ones, traditional ones and local ones - and I'm frequently adding new recipes to this list. Click on the images to move right to the section you're interested in . or browse at leisure through this tasty selection of traditional English recipes.

Waterfall walks

here&aposs something quite magical about waterfalls, and now the sun&aposs out, it&aposs the perfect time to visit one.

Essex is rather flat so we don’t have that many in our own county, but luckily there are lots of beautiful ones just a short drive away.

Some are natural, some are man-made and others are where you would least expect them.

Essex Live has found some of the most majestic ones and told you how you can get to them.

So what’s the closest we get to a waterfall in Essex?

Beeleigh Falls

If you walk along the canal path from Heybridge Basin, you’ll come to the little-known Beeleigh Falls. It’s been called ‘one of the best-kept secrets in Essex’ and it’s made up of a range of locks, platforms and tiny falls/weirs where the tide merges into the fresh water.

What&aposs On in Essex

It’s fresh, green and a perfect place for a quiet moment and reflection - and to snap a photo or two.

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Hever Castle Lake

Hever Road, Hever, Kent TN8 7NG

What’s it like? Hever Castle is worthy of a visit in its own right of course, but on the eastern end of the lake visitors will be delighted to discover an ornamental, rocky waterfall.

Hever Lake itself is one of the most peaceful parts of the whole castle experience and is positively bursting with wildlife including a large variety of ducks, moorhens, and garden birds such as the kingfisher, goldfinch and chaffinch.

While you’re there, you have to check out the stunning Japanese Tea House on the edge of the lake too.

How to get there: Hever Castle is in Hever, near Edenbridge, in Kent. It’s off the B2026 and you can get to it from the M25 and the M23.

How far away from Essex? It’s a 1 hour and 5 minute drive from Chelmsford.

The West Malling Waterfall

What’s it like? The waterfall is often called the most photographed feature in West Malling. It was originally called the West Malling Cascades and dates back to the Georgian period but was repurposed as a waterfall in the 1700s.

How to get there: West Malling is inbetween Maidstone and Sevenoaks. The waterfall itself is connected to the ancient Malling Abbey and was once part of the grounds. Now visitors can find it on Swan Street.

How far away from Essex? It’s a 43-minute drive from Chelmsford.

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Kearsney Abbey Falls

Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens, Alkham Road, Temple Ewell, Dover CT16 3DZ

What’s it like? This is a beautiful and restful place to visit on the outskirts of Dover. The gardens are set around two ornamental lakes and there are endless opportunities to walk, wander and get away from it all here.

There are several small waterfalls which make the perfect photo opportunity, along with the pretty woods, quaint bridges and wildlife.

This area is part of the Kents Downs area of outstanding natural beauty.

How to get there: The abbey and gardens are just over two miles north west of Dover town centre in the Alkham Valley.

How far away from Essex? It&aposs a 1 hour and 20 minute drive from Basildon.

Kyoto Garden

Holland Park, Ilchester Place, W8 6LU

What’s it like? Holland Park is the largest park in the Royal Borough and it’s spread across 22 acres. Just one of the attractions within it is the Kyoto Gardens, a Japanese garden donated by the Chamber of Commerce in Kyoto in 1991.

The gardens are spectacular and one visitors’ favourite features is the impressive waterfall at the bottom end. Here you’ll also find the collection of brightly coloured koi carp who live in the ornamental ponds. There are also pagodas, oriental statues and exortic plants.

How to get there: Get to Holland Park on the Central Line on the underground.

How far away from Essex? A 1 hour and 22 minute drive from Chelmsford.

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Hothfield Lake Falls

What’s it like? A gorgeous waterfall which was man-made by putting a dam in in 1851. In the old days, walkers had to cross over the waterfall on a bridge to get to the other side of the road.

How to get there: You can start at Hothfield Village Hall, turn right into Park Drive and then onto the aptly-named Waterfall Road. There’s lots of local history to discover around the area and plenty to see.

How far away from Essex? It’s a 1 hour, 7 minute drive from Basildon.

Hidden Waterfall in Regent’s Park

Queen Mary&aposs Gardens, Regent&aposs Park

What’s it like? People have wandered through Regent’s Park dozens of times and missed the waterfall.

It’s hidden away in the Queen Mary’s Gardens, in the inner circle. What’s great about this place is that you can walk to the top of the waterfall and look down over the water and the stunning gardens.

While you’re there, you can of course explore the rest of the gardens which houses, among many other things, London’s largest collection of roses.

How to get there: The nearest tube stations are Baker Street and Great Portland Street.

How far away from Essex? It&aposs a 1 hour and 18 minute drive from Chelmsford.

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Madeira Walk

What’s it like? Madeira Walk was created in the 1890s and was dug out of chalk.

Even the rocks are man-made and were created from a special mix of cement and other ingredients. Madeira Walk includes a waterfall and bridge and it’s popular with tourists and photographers.

How to get there: You can get there from central Ramsgate and it’s near Albion Place Gardens.

How far away from Essex? It’s a 1 hour and 19 minute drive from Grays.

Reculver Towers

Reculver Road, Reculver, Herne Bay CT6 6SS

What’s it like? Not strictly a waterfall but the outflow on one side of the towers is a photographer’s dream, especially as dusk and dawn.

The towers are actually part of a ruined medieval church and was once an Anglo Saxon monastery. A lot of the building has been lost to the sea but it’s a beautiful place to visit.

How to get there: Reculver is in Herne Bay and it’s easy to reach by car.

How far away from Essex? A 1 hour and 16 minute drive from Basildon.

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Six dead in 48 hours of violence across UK

A pregnant mum was one of the people killed in a spate of murders over the weekend.

Kelly Mary Fauvrelle, 26, was around eight months pregnant when she was stabbed to death in the early hours of Saturday morning in Thornton Heath, south London.

The baby was delivered and remains in a critical condition but a relative said he was ‘unlikely to survive’.

A man, 29, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains custody.

Police are also investigating three other separate incidents in the capital.

Police were called at 4.51am yesterday to reports of a fight at Sutherland Walk, in Walworth, but when they arrived no victim could be found.

The victim, 18, is believed to the man who self-presented at a hospital with serious injuries but died at 7.23am.

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Later police attended Ron Leighton Way and Wakefield Street in East Ham at 11.07pm where they found a man believed to be in his late 20s suffering from stab injuries.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another man in his 50s died following a fight in Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, on Saturday.

Two arrests have been made in connection with the murder in Coldharbour Lane.

Police outside London also launched two murder investigations on the same day after Andre Yan Irwin, 47, died in Llanelli, south Wales, and another man, 27, was killed outside Iceland in Maldon, Essex, after being attacked.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said police were working around the clock to find those responsible for the deaths.

He tweeted: ‘Violence against women is endemic in society and devastating murders in the home, like this one, show the scale of the problem we face. My prayers are with this innocent child, and with the mother it has so tragically lost.’

The Metropolitan Police added they were working day and night to pursue offenders and take weapons off the street.

According to official statistics, there were 285 fatal stabbings in England and Wales in 2018, the highest level since records began more than 70 years ago.

There have been 67 murders in London in 2019.

Anyone with information should contact police on the dedicated incident room number of 0208 721 4005, or ring 101 quoting CAD 1358/June 29. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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It should take about 15 minutes in the oven, according to helpful comments.

'Was delish, next time I’m gonna do a sweet chilli, cheese and bacon one,' she said.

The simple recipe had attracted more than 1500 shares and 2500 comments and 5000 reactions by Friday afternoon.

She simply whisked four eggs together with some diced bacon, cheese and chives and a splash of milk

It should take about 15 minutes in the oven, according to helpful comments

'Yum, I will try this sometime this week, it will be -1C in the Grampians where I am tonight,' one happy camper said.

'I want to try this, now all I need is bacon, eggs and cheese,' one person laughed.

And others had helpful recipe adjustments.

'Works well with a scooped out zucchini,' one man said.

How can I make a baked egg sandwich?

This works with anything you would normally put into an omelette, so can be changed to suit taste.

Mix together the chives, eggs, cheese and bacon. Take the middle out of the baguette, so it is like a nest or bowl.

Pour the egg mixture inside.

Put in a hot oven for 15 minutes or until cooked. This can be cooked in an airfryer or in a camp oven as well.

'I do this, with garlic butter on the bread then add spaghetti bolognese and cheese,' said another.

Most people were impressed with how easy the recipe seemed to be.

Campfire recipes are becoming hugely popular on social media as more people tackle the great outdoors and explore Australia.

Recently a pull apart damper recipe went viral.

The Queensland mum showed off a video of the cheese-loaded damper on a camp oven recipe page on Facebook

The Queensland mum showed off a video of the cheese-loaded damper on a camp oven recipe page on Facebook.

And fellow campers were impressed - with the post attracting hundreds of comments and reactions when it was posted on Sunday.

'Made a cheese, bacon and garlic pull apart damper on the weekend,' she said - posting the picture and video to show off the delicious snack.

The home cook who told Daily Mail Australia she cooks with her heart later shared a recipe for the dish - but warned it is up to each person to tweak as she doesn't usually go by measurements herself.

But the important components of the recipe include self raising flour, one can of Great Northern beer, bacon, cheese and garlic butter.

The mum then cooked the bread over hot coals for about 40 minutes.

The video shows melted cheese oozing over pieces of bacon as the mum pulls apart the steaming hot bread.

And campers couldn't contain their excitement, asking for the recipe and tips to make it on their own.

How can I make a cheese, bacon and garlic pull apart?

Three cups of self raising flour

A can of Great Northern beer

Combine the beer, flour and salt to make a dough then mix through a generous amount of bacon and cheese.

Line the camp oven with baking paper, grease this with garlic butter.

Roll the dough into balls and put in the bottom of the oven, letting the balls stick together.

Brush the garlic butter over the top of the bread balls and then top with cheese and bacon.

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