“Damper is a traditional Aussie bush recipe and can basically be described as a combination of bread and scones.”


2 cups self-raising flour

½ tspn salt

1 cup milk

2 tspns butter

2 tspns sugar


Mix self-raising flour, salt and sugar together into a bowl.

Add butter and cut in to form crumbs.

Add the milk gradually and mix.

Once a soft dough is formed (use more milk if required), place it on a board covered lightly with flour and knead it gently for 1-2 minutes until smooth.

Shape the dough into a round loaf and brush with milk.

Grease the camp oven with oil or butter and dust with flour.

Add the dough, dusted with a little extra flour and cover the camp oven with the lid.

Place in your campfire, cover with hot ashes and coals and bake for about 30 minutes or until cooked (tap the loaf and if it sounds hollow it’s done).

Cut the cooked loaf into slices and serve while warm. Top with your favourite condiment and enjoy this delicious traditional Australian bread.


Adventurous sweet-tooth cooks can even add tinned blueberries, strawberries or the like. The savory lovers can omit the sugar and add cheese, chives, spinach and/or bacon. Experimenting with the recipe is fun.

You could also really have fun cooking your outback bread by wrapping pieces of the dough around a stick or small branch and toast it by holding it over the coals, as was done in the old days.

Cooking damper over an open fireplace when camping in the bush is fun for everyone.

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