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Australian Damper Bread Recipe

Damper bread is a classic yeast free bread that is traditional to bake and eat around a campfire in Australia. It can be made as a round loaf or rolled out on to a stick and roasted over a campfire. In Australia it is often eaten with lashings of salted butter and local honey or with marmalade or jam.

We first shared this recipe in Issue 7 of ele Magazine, our Wild Edition. Recipe by Jo O’Keefe.


4 cups self-raising flour

1 tsp salt

2 tsp sugar

30 grams butter (room temperature)

1 cup milk

½ cup water

Australian Damper Bread


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180C/350F or if you are cooking over fire prepare a hot campfire and cook over coals.
  2. Sift the self-raising flour and salt. Stir in sugar. Rub in the butter using your fingertips until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.
  3. Make a well in the top of the flour, pour in milk and water and mix well with a butter knife until the mix comes away from the sides of the bowl.
  4. Turn out onto a floured board and knead until smooth. Shape into a round ball and cut a cross on the top. 
  5. If baking in the oven, place in oven on greased tray and bake for 30 minutes until golden.
  6. If cooking over coals place dough into your hot camp oven that you’ve sprinkled the base with flour put the lid on. Add coals on top of the lid bake until golden brown, approx 30 -35 minutes.  
  7. Serve with butter, honey or jam.
Australian Damper Bread

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