Damper Recipe

Damper is a traditional Australian bush bread that's easy to make and perfect for campfire cooking. Here's a simple damper camp oven recipe for you:


  • 3 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter or oil
  • 1 cup water (approximately)


  1. Prepare your campfire or portable stove for cooking.

  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the self-raising flour and salt.

  3. Add the butter or oil to the flour mixture and mix it in with your fingers until it resembles coarse crumbs.

  4. Gradually add the water while mixing to form a dough. The amount of water you'll need can vary, so start with about 3/4 cup and add more as needed. The dough should come together and be slightly sticky but not too wet.

  5. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it lightly for a minute or two.

  6. Shape the dough into a round loaf, flattening it slightly.

  7. Place the damper loaf into a greased camp oven. If using a camp oven with a lid, you can also place some coals on top for even cooking.

  8. Position the camp oven over the campfire or portable stove. For the campfire, create a small bed of coals and place the camp oven on top. You can also place some coals underneath the oven.

  9. Cook the damper for about 30-40 minutes, turning the camp oven occasionally to ensure even cooking. The damper is done when it's golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

  10. Carefully remove the damper from the camp oven and let it cool slightly before slicing and serving.


  • You can get creative with damper by adding ingredients like grated cheese, herbs, or dried fruits to the dough before shaping and cooking.
  • Damper is traditionally enjoyed with butter, jam, or golden syrup.

Damper is a versatile and rustic bread that's a staple of Australian outdoor cooking. It's a great accompaniment to soups, stews, or simply enjoyed on its own as a campfire treat.