Cookbook:Damper (Australian Campfire Bread)

Damper (Australian Campfire Bread)
CategoryBread recipes
Time50 minutes
Damper and camp oven used, Walcha, NSW

Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes | Cuisine of Australia

Damper is Australian bushman's bread, made while camping or "waltzing matilda" (carrying a swag around looking for work). It is meant to be made outside by a campfire.

Ingredients Edit

Procedure Edit

  1. Add salt to flour.
  2. Add water, then mix and form into a round loaf.
  3. Dig a 1 foot-deep hole near a fire, and fill it with 2 shovels of hot coals and ash.
  4. Add damper mixture to a greased camp oven (traditional cast iron round pot with lid).
  5. Cook in the hole for a maximum of 40 minutes. If undercooked it will be flat and rubbery.
  6. Your first try may be inedible. Keep trying, you'll soon be an expert.

Notes, tips, and variations Edit

  • This cookbook also has a Drover's damper recipe.
  • You can do this in a barbecue grill with the mixture in greased metal foil as well. During cooking, damper increases in volume by ⅓ to ½, so allow room for expansion.
  • If you aren't outdoors, just add mixture to greased oven tray and bake in a moderate oven for 30–40 minutes.

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