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5 Ingredient Australian Damper Recipe

30/06/2021

Damper is such an iconic Australian camp bread, and this recipe only needs 5 ingredients. Break apart the crumbly crust and slather it in butter.

Fresh loaf of damper bread with a slab of butter.

This recipe is proudly sponsored by Remoska.

Why We Love This

Damper is our go-to for when we want a no fuss, no yeast bread we can throw in the oven and have ready in half an hour to serve with dinner.

While it is classed as a bread, we find it quite dense, and more like a crumbly scone in texture, which makes it perfect for soaking up soups and stews.

Damper bread with Remoska cooker in background.

What is Damper? 

A very traditional no yeast bread in Australia made from flour, salt, water and/or milk. It’s an Aussie tradition to bake this with dinner when you’re camping in the outback.

Historically a staple of swagmen, drovers, stockmen, travellers… and hungry campers alike, Australian Damper is traditionally cooked in campfire ashes or in a cast iron camp oven. But the good news is it couldn’t be easier to bake in the oven, in a Dutch oven or even a Remoska over gas at home.

What You’ll Need

Only 5 ingredients for this, and no yeast required. This bread couldn’t be easier. It’s literally just self raising flour, salt, butter, milk and water. Sometimes we throw in some rosemary as well to give it a little savoury flavour lift!

  • Flour – Self-raising flour is easiest for damper. If subbing with all purpose flour, throw in 2 tsp of baking powder or baking soda to make it fluffy!
  • Butter – Use salted cooking butter, straight out the fridge when it’s nice and cold.
  • Milk & Water – We love the crumb finish when using milk, but if you don’t have any on you, sub with all water instead.
Ingredients laid out for damper recipe.

Savoury Damper Flavour Ideas

  • Cheese & Chives – Mix 1 cup of cheese and 1 tbsp of chives into the mix for extra cheesy goodness. You can also top with grated cheese and bake until melted and golden.
  • Garlic, Parmesan and Mixed Herbs – Similar to above, add 1-2 tsp of chopped garlic, 1/2 cup of parmesan and 1-2 tsp of mixed herbs for a nice tasty dinner roll for stew or even pasta sauce.
  • Olives and Sun-dried Tomatoes – Add a 1/4 cup of chopped olives and sundried tomatoes for a Mediterranean take on damper.
  • Butter and Vegemite – Cook the damper bread as normal, then cut into slices and slather with butter and vegemite for the ultimate Aussie meal.

Sweet Damper Flavour Ideas

  • Golden Syrup – Damper is commonly eaten with golden syrup, poured all over it. Yum!
  • Sugar – Swap the salt for sugar for a sweet damper that can then have any sweet toppings added.
  • Butter and Jam – Treat it like a scone, and eat it for breakfast with your favourite jam. Add cream to make it even more decadent.
  • Raisins and Chocolate – Add 1/4 cup raisins and chocolate chips, swapping out the salt for sugar as well, for an almost tea cake style damper.
Damper split in half to show the crumb.

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Batch Cook – Double the recipe to feed a crowd.
  • Hollow Base – If you knock on the base and it sounds hollow, this is the best way to know your bread is ready.
  • Cook In Stew – Make mini dampers and cook them directly on top of a camp stew!

FAQs

Can I freeze damper?

It’s fine to freeze damper, treat it like regular bread, and store in an airtight container for up to a month.

Can I cook damper on a stick?

Yes. If you’re wanting to cook damper on a stick over a camp fire, make sure it’s dry, you can even burn the end slightly to ‘seal’ the edges. Next, wrap the dough around the end and cook to your liking or until browned all around the outside. Pull off the stick, and slather in butter for a savoury option or pour in golden syrup for a dessert option.

Can I use plain flour?

If you want to use plain or all purpose flour for the dough, add in 2 tsp of baking powder or baking soda to help it lighten up slightly.

Variations

  • Mini Dampers – We think the mini portions make for the perfect size to serve up alongside a big pot of camp stew, a hearty winter soup, or beside a saucy pasta.
  • Use Beer – Swap the water and milk for 1 cup / 250 ml of beer for a extra tasty damper.
Breaking apart fresh damper bread.

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Fresh damper bread on a blue and white plate.

5 Ingredient Australian Damper Recipe

Damper is such an iconic Australian camping bread, and this easy recipe only needs 5 ingredients. Break apart the crumbly crust and slather it in butter.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 4 mini dampers
Calories: 282kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $5

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 220˚C (428˚F), and line a tray with baking paper.
  • Next, pop the self-raising flour, salt in a large mixing bowl (along with half the rosemary if using). Chop the butter into small cubes, pop it to the flour mix and rub it into the flour with your hands to combine.
  • Form a well in the centre, then pour in the milk and water. Give everything a really good stir until it forms a nice dough.
  • Separate the dough into four portions for tasty mini dampers, or make one large damper.
  • Now pop your dough onto the lined tray and slice a cross into the top using a sharp knife.
  • Optional: Garnish with remaining rosemary.
  • Bake for around 25 mins at 180˚C (245˚F) until your gorgeous damper is golden brown and delicious. Tap the bottom and your damper should sound hollow – that's when you know you're done!

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Recipe Notes

  • Savoury Damper Ideas –
    • Cheese & Chives – Mix 1 cup of cheese and 1 tbsp of chives into the mix for extra cheesy goodness. You can also top with grated cheese and bake until melted and golden.
    • Garlic, Parmesan and Mixed Herbs – Similar to above, add 1-2 tsp of chopped garlic, 1/2 cup of parmesan and 1-2 tsp of mixed herbs for a nice tasty dinner roll for stew or even pasta sauce.
    • Olives and Sun-dried Tomatoes – Add a 1/4 cup of chopped olives and sundried tomatoes for a Mediterranean take on damper.
    • Butter and Vegemite – Cook the damper bread as normal, then cut into slices and slather with butter and vegemite for the ultimate Aussie meal.
  • Sweet Samper Ideas –
    • Golden Syrup – Damper is commonly eaten with golden syrup, poured all over it. Yum!
    • Sugar – Swap the salt for sugar for a sweet damper that can then have any sweet toppings added.
    • Butter and Jam – Treat it like a scone, and eat it for breakfast with your favourite jam. Add cream to make it even more decadent.
    • Raisins and Chocolate – Add 1/4 cup raisins and chocolate chips, swapping out the salt for sugar as well, for an almost tea cake style damper.
  • Batch Cook – Double the recipe to feed a crowd.
  • Hollow Base – If you knock on the base and it sounds hollow, this is the best way to know your bread is ready.
  • Mini Dampers – We think the mini portions make for the perfect size to serve up alongside a big pot of camp stew, a hearty winter soup, or beside a saucy pasta.
  • Use Beer – Swap the water and milk for 1 cup / 250 ml of beer for a extra tasty damper.

Nutrition

Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 633mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 174IU | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 3mg
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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Kate
    08/05/2020 at 12:28 pm

    Made this with the plain flour and it was a complete fail. My husband said ‘told you so’. Anyway made them again with self raising flour and they were perfect

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      08/05/2020 at 2:32 pm

      Oh gosh, thank you husband! You are so right. This is meant to be self-raising flour, or if using plain flour you can add in 4 tsp of baking powder to help it rise. Updating the recipe now and thank you SO much for letting us know.

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