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Old 12-23-2008, 10:07 AM   #1
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Default Making Aussie Damper

Aussie Damper

Damper is traditionally a simple Australian unleavened bread baked in the hot coals of a campfire. The dough was originally wrapped around a stick and cooked or put into an iron pot and buried in the hot coals.

The bread is called damper because the fire is damped to allow the bread to be cooked over the ash covered hot coals.

It can be cooked directly in hot coals, or in a camp oven, and buried in hot coals.
During colonial times it was a staple food in the bush because the dry ingredients could be easily carried and they only needed to add water to make the damper. (The original version had no sugar or butter and used water instead of milk.)

The following is a modern version that you can bake in your oven or try on your next campout.


2 cups self raising flour,
1/2tsp salt,
1 1/2 cups milk,
1tsp sugar,
1tsp butter.
extra flour as needed


1. Mix the flour, salt and sugar together into a bowl.
2. Cut in the butter until fine crumbs form.
3. Add milk slowly and mix to form a soft dough.
4. Knead lightly on a floured board until smooth.
5. Shape into a round loaf, brush with milk and cut a cross in the
top surface of the dough.

( for oven cooking )

6. Grease and dust with flour a round cake tin. You can substitute a
flat baking pan, but the round tin gives a better shape to the loaf.
7. Place dough in the pan and bake at 190 C (375 F) for 30 - 40

( for campfire cooking )

6. Grease the camp oven (Dutch oven) and dust with flour
7. Add bread dough and cover.
8. Place in your campfire, cover with hot ashes and coals and bake for
about 30 minutes.

Note: to test if it's done, tap on the loaf and it should sound hollow. Cut into moderately thick slices and serve while still warm. Top with butter, golden syrup, or your favourite jam.

Just for fun
A quick and easy method the drovers in the outback used to make damper is to wrap the dough around a stick to toast it over the coals. Fill the hole where the stick was with butter, golden syrup (Cockies Joy) or jam.
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