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  • Egg free
  • Nut free
  • Peanut free
  • Sesame free
  • Soy free
  • Shellfish free
  • Seafood free
  • Vegetarian
  • High in protein

Simple dishes are often the best, and damper certainly fits this bill. This classic camping food is so easy to make in the camp oven and tastes delicious.

  • Serves10
  • Cook time40 minutes
  • Prep time35 minutes
Damper made in a camp oven being dirzzled with something sweet.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups (900g) self-raising flour, plus extra to dust
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 150g chilled butter, chopped
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk
  • Butter and golden syrup, to serve

Nutritional information

Per serve: Energy: 1866kJ/446 Cals (21%), Protein: 10g (20%), Fat: 15g (21%), Sat Fat: 9g (38%), Sodium: 907mg (45%), Carb: 68g (22%), Sugar: 3g (3%), Dietary Fibre: 2g (7%).

Check ingredient labels to make sure they meet your specific dietary requirements and always consult a health professional before changing your diet. View dietary information here.

Percentage Daily Intake information on our recipes is calculated using the nutrition reference values for an average Australian adult.

Method

  1. Step 1

    Prepare a campfire.

  2. Step 2

    Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

  3. Step 3

    Add the milk and 1/2 cup (125ml) cold water to the flour mixture. Stir with a round-bladed knife until the mixture forms a sticky dough, adding extra water if necessary. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until just smooth. Shape dough into a 20cm round.

  4. Step 4

    Place a camp oven over embers and heat until hot. Dust base with extra flour. Carefully place the dough in the camp oven. Use a sharp knife to score the top into wedges. Dust with extra flour. Cover with a lid, surround with hot coals and bake for 30-40 mins or until golden and hollow-sounding when tapped. Serve with butter and golden syrup.

Recipe tip

  • Cooking times may vary depending on the intensity of the campfire.

  • If you are using a camp oven, add some hot coals on top of the lid to create a more even heat and to help brown the top of the damper.

  • Serve damper with butter, golden syrup, jam, honey or vegemite.

  • Make it at home: Our recipe is cooked over a campfire. To make it at home, place the damper dough on a greased oven tray lined with baking paper. Bake at 180ºC for 40-50 mins.

    COOK. STORE. SAVE.
    Clever storage:
    Wrap up any leftover damper in aluminium foil and store it in a cool, dark place.

Enjoy the simplicity of damper in a camp oven

This traditional ‘as Aussie as it gets’ bread is a popular camping fair thanks to the limited number of ingredients required and how easy it is to create. No proofing, no yeast and no waiting around. Throw it all together and pop it over the fire. The end result is hearty and filling dampers to sop up your meal or even to enjoy by itself sweetened with honey or golden syrup.

This simple recipe contains only four ingredients and relies on self-raising flour as the leavening agent. This means you only need basic ingredients that are easy to obtain on your camping trips.

Damper bread in the form we now enjoy has been around since the time of the first settlers and was named due to the process of damping down a campfire to preserve the coals. This was where the damper ingredients and bread would be baked. 

While originally the dough would be wrapped and baked in the coals, in modern times people tend to make damper in a camp oven to make the cooking method a little easier and lessen the chance of it falling into the ash. 

Enjoy this easy four-ingredient bread along with all of your favourite camping recipes for a perfect campfire feast.

Essential equipment you’ll need

If you’re wondering how to make damper in a camp oven, you need to know what a camp oven is. These are large metal pots somewhat like a Dutch oven in shape and were originally used to sit on the coals to cook stews, pasta or whatever camping meal was on the menu. To create this damper recipe, the camp oven can be used by being placed directly on the coals, on top of a grate over the fire or suspended from a tripod. 

While the camp oven method originated from necessity, it has likely remained popular due to the ease and the lovely smoky flavours it imbues into cooking. Make all of your favourite camping meals including recipes like camp oven nachos or camp oven chicken curry in this handy pot.

The best way to serve and eat this traditional damper recipe

The options are endless when enjoying a tasty camp damper. You can drizzle it with honey or golden syrup for a simple sweet breakfast or dessert, or serve it as a side at brekkie with a camp breakfast hash. It's also the ideal companion for soaking up all of your favourite stews and casseroles like a camp oven beef stew. Throw everything into a pot and let it bubble away over the fire.

Outdoor cooking: Fire safety tips

Of course, being Australia with bushfire danger a serious issue, particularly during summer, it’s vital to be aware of fire safety when cooking anything on a campfire.  

First, make sure to check the fire danger warnings for the area you are camping in. Check your local National Parks and Wildlife website for accurate information. If there is a total fire ban then you must adhere to this and find a fire-safe kitchen or BBQ area to use instead. 

If you have the all-clear to cook in the park you’re in and there are no fire dangers, you need to ensure the area you set up is safe, meaning it is cleared of sticks, branches and there are no overhanging trees that could catch alight and, of course, far away from tents, vans and gas bottles. Check if the camp area has a designated fire area, as many will specify a section where rangers have deemed it to be safest. And, most importantly, once you’re done with your fire, it’s essential you completely put out any residual flames, coals and embers before leaving the area.

FAQs

Camp oven damper

Camp oven damper
  • Serves10
  • Cook time40 minutes
  • Prep time35 minutes
Ingredients
  • 6 cups (900g) self-raising flour, plus extra to dust
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 150g chilled butter, chopped
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk
  • Butter and golden syrup, to serve
    Description

    Simple dishes are often the best, and damper certainly fits this bill. This classic camping food is so easy to make in the camp oven and tastes delicious.

    Method
    1. Step 1

      Prepare a campfire.

    2. Step 2

      Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

    3. Step 3

      Add the milk and 1/2 cup (125ml) cold water to the flour mixture. Stir with a round-bladed knife until the mixture forms a sticky dough, adding extra water if necessary. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until just smooth. Shape dough into a 20cm round.

    4. Step 4

      Place a camp oven over embers and heat until hot. Dust base with extra flour. Carefully place the dough in the camp oven. Use a sharp knife to score the top into wedges. Dust with extra flour. Cover with a lid, surround with hot coals and bake for 30-40 mins or until golden and hollow-sounding when tapped. Serve with butter and golden syrup.