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  • Writer's pictureToni Dearle

The much anticipated Damper recipe (save this to your favourites!)

How to cook Damper (and make it one of the best things about camping)

Ingredients & Method

📷📷​​In a Bowl MixSelf-Raising Flour – 3 cupsSugar – 1 teaspoon (omit for savoury options)Salt – 1 pinchAddButter – 1 tablespoonOPTION for a long life recipe this can be omittedRub until crumblyADD your extra ADDITIONS if requiredADDMilk – up to 1 cupOPTION you can mix 50/50 with waterOPTION long life recipe you can use milk powder – add to the flour mix and then mix in waterStir until forms a dough – you may like to flour your hands and mix with them.Form into a ball and let sit for 10 minutes.


Sweet (separate or combination)Choc ChipSultanasNutsMixed spiceSavoury (separate or combination)Grated cheeseMixed herbsMixed tomato’sBaconMushroomsSpinachFeta

Cooking options

Roll and twine over a stick – this will cook much faster than the other options and is a great one for families.Make into balls/buns and cook on BBQ plateMake into a ball and cook in oiled camp oven placed on hot coals (you may like to get a spade out and cover it with more coals)Make into a ball, wrap in alfoil and place on hot coals (not flames) – again you may like to cover it with more coals.

The damper will cook at different times when it is covered, so you may wish to check at 20min to see how it is going, it usually takes 30 min.

When cooked the damper should be a golden colour (depending on how much butter has been added – it may not have the glossy bread look) – it is cooked when a hollow sound is heard when you knock on the bottom of the loaf.

What to eat it with:

ButterVegemiteJamGolden SyrupNutellaCheeseGarlic ButterTreat as bread (ie sandwich / bun)Eat with your fingers :o)

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