Sour Cream and Chive Damper (Australian Bread)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 35 mins

Damper is a quick bread that is fabulous with a barbecue! Damper was traditionally made in a cast-iron pot with a lid, called a "camp oven". The entire pot was either covered in hot wood coals or the camp oven was placed in a hole in the ground and surrounded with hot wood coals. It was usually served with tea made in a billy over the camp fire. Damper was originally made with plain flour, salt and water. Adding butter and self-raising flour came later on and gives a much tastier result. I got this recipe from Taste, an Australian website. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F Place flour, chives, paprika and salt into a large bowl. Rub in butter using your fingertips until like breadcrumbs. Stir in cheese, reserving 2 tablespoons.
  2. Whisk together sour cream and water. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in sour cream. Mix together using a knife or spatula until mixture comes together.
  3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until smooth. Pat out to a 8" circle. Place on a baking tray and mark into wedges with a knife. Sprinkle over remaining cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, then move to bottom rack of oven and cook for a further 10-15 minutes until risen and sounds hollow when tapped. Wrap in a clean tea towel to keep warm. Serve warm with butter.
Most Helpful

5 5

good bread .would not use salt next time. i think the self rising flour must have some to.and i dont add alot of salt to my food .good flavor combo zaar world tour 8

5 5

What a great damper mate!!! I made 1/4 of the recipe and it worked out perfectly!! A very flavorful crispy and cheesy bread. I opted to use grated parmesan cheese and it made it a nice salty, buttery treat this morning. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Made for ZWT8.

5 5

Absolutely amazing! And moist! And delicious! The combination of herbs and spices are fantastic, and nothing was overpowering. It also stayed well, refriegerated overnight.