Cookbook:Drover's Damper

Drover's Damper
CategoryBread recipes
Time50 minutes
Damper and camp oven used, Walcha, NSW

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Drover's damper is Australian bread, made by stockmen while taking care of or rounding up stock. It is meant to be made outside by a campfire. This is the "flash" version, made when butter and milk are available.




  1. Add salt to flour, then add sugar.
  2. Rub in butter.
  3. Mix in milk to make a medium-soft dough.
  4. Knead lightly on flat surface until smooth.
  5. Pat dough into a round shape.
  6. Place damper mixture on coals or hot ash. Cook for maximum of 40 minutes.
  7. Discard burnt outside and eat the inside.
  8. Serve with butter, (golden syrup) or jam.

Notes, tips, and variations

  • This cookbook also has an "ordinary" damper recipe.
  • You can do this using a hole near the fire in a greased camp oven or greased aluminium foil in a barbecue.
  • If you aren't outdoors, just add mixture to greased bread tin, brush with milk and cook in a hot oven, reducing heat until cooked (20 minutes).
  • You can add dried fruit to make "Johnny Cake".
  • As a variation, add grated cheese.
  • Use beer instead of milk to make "Beer Damper".