‘Cheap and Easy’: Campfire Damper

Damper: such a classic Aussie camping recipe and what better way to do it than on a campfire. It’s so cheap, easy, tasty and versatile. I love having it with some fried eggs, smoky cheddar and relish, but it’s always delightful to pair with golden syrup- a la Primary School camp. 

Preparation Time:  10 minutes / Cooking Time: 20-30 minutes / Makes 1 loaf    


  • 4 cups of self-raising flour (wholemeal if you want a little extra fibre)
  • 1.5 cups of milk (or water if milk is not available)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup butter (or margarine), chilled and cubed


  1. With a campfire going, preheat a cast iron pot on the hot coals of a campfire (this helps with the cooking process)
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine salt and flour
  3. With hands, rub in the butter into the flour and salt mixture
  4. Add the milk or water to the dry ingredients and mix with a butter knife until well combined
  5. Knead the dough for five or so minutes until it is moist but not too wet. Add a little more flour or water as required to get this consistency
  6. Using a sharp knife, slash a cross or asterisk shape onto the top of the loaf
  7. Transfer the loaf into the preheated cast iron pot, put on the lid and cover the pot evenly with hot ash and coals
  8. Cook damper for about 25 minutes.

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