Kumara (Sweet Potato) Dampers

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins

From the Australian Women's Weekly Gluten-free and Allergy-free cookbook. Haven't tried so times are as per recipe in cookbook. After first two reviews I have changed the cooking times, hopefully they will reflect the right timing.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 23 cups gluten-free self-raising flour (225 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 20 g butter
  • 12 cup kumara (cooked, cold and mashed finely)
  • 12 cup buttermilk (125ml)
  • 2 tablespoons water (approximately)
  • 2 teaspoons milk (approximately)
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free self-raising flour (extra)


  1. Preheat oven to 220C/200C fan forced.
  2. Oil a flat baking/cookie tray/sheet.
  3. Sift dry ingredient into a large bowl and rub in the butter till you have a fine breadcrumb consistency.
  4. Add the kumara, buttermilk and enough of the water to mix to a soft sticky dough and then transfer dough to a floured surface and knead until smooth.
  5. Divide dough into 4 equal portions.
  6. Roll each portion into rounds and placed on oiled tray.
  7. Cut a cross through the top of the dough about 5mm deep.
  8. Brush tops with milk and then dust with extra flour.
  9. Bake dampers for about 20 to 25 minutes.
Most Helpful

So delicous!! These gorgeously crunchy on the outside and melt in your mouth soft on the inside dampers are just wonderful! Loula's comment about making a sweet version got me thinking, and I made just that for breakfast this morning. I started off with two small sweet potatoes, which I microwaved for 5 minutes, then let cool. After negotiations with my parrots, who apparently love sweet potato, I ended up with exactly 1/2 cup of mashed sweet potato. I added 1 tsp of vanilla, 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1 tbsp of maple syrup, and 1/4 cup each of cinnamon chips and pecans. I sprinkled the tops with maple sugar and cinnamon. This recipe is very accomodating to changes, and I was so delighted that DH, who I wasn't sure would think sweet potatoes for breakfast was a good idea, loved them! Thanks, Pat, for posting such a fantastic recipe! Oh - I should note I use regular self-rising flour, rather than the GF. I can't wait to try these with WW flour and oatmeal! Made for Zaar Stars Tag.

Katzen May 08, 2010

Yummy! A crusty outside hides a very light and tender inside. Made as written using 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree in place of sweet potato. Cooked at 400 F for 22 minutes. Makes 4 good size rolls. This are going in the keeper file and will be made often. Tanks so much for the post.

Debbwl February 14, 2010

These are absolutely delicious! I think I could add 1/4 to 1/2 cup in additional kumara and they'd still be superb. Good way to get some all-important orange veg into the kids - they loved them. I used regular SR flour.

Kel Adel September 30, 2009