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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.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Australian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 mini dampers
Calories 282kcal
Cost $5



  • 2 tsp rosemary chopped, divided into 2 portions


  • Preheat your oven to 220˚C (428˚F), and line a tray with baking paper.
  • Next, place 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.
    2 cups self-raising flour, 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp rosemary, 20 g butter
  • 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.
    1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup water
  • Divide 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.
    2 tsp 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!



  • 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.


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