Damper (Aussie Campfire Bread)

Recipe by Kookaburra
READY IN: 40mins




  • Set oven to hot 200C (400F).
  • Grease an 18cm (7 inch) sandwich cake tin or four single serve ramekin dishes.
  • Sift flour and salt into a mixing bowl.
  • Add any other optional ingredients (see below).
  • Make a well in the centre of the flour and add most, but not all of the milk.
  • Mix with a knife, adding more milk if necessary, until you have formed a fairly moist, but not sloppy, dough.
  • Turn dough into a cake tin or spoon into ramekins.
  • Smooth the top with the back of a spoon.
  • If making a savoury damper, sprinkle the top with cheese and/or add a thin slice or slices of tomato.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown on top and a skewer, inserted in the centre, comes out clean.
  • Turn out and cool slightly on a wire rack before serving.
  • Serve warm with butter.
  • Some Variations: Cheese Damper- add 1/2 cup grated cheese and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • Cheese and Bacon Damper- add 1/2 cup grated cheese and 2-3 rashers of cooked, chopped bacon.
  • Cheese and Herb Damper- add 1/2 cup grated cheese and 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil OR 1 teaspoon of dried herbs.
  • Fruit Damper- add 1/2 cup mixed dried fruit and 1 tablespoon sugar.
  • Orange Damper- add the finely grated rind of an orange and 1 tablespoon sugar.