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
- With a campfire going, preheat a cast iron pot on the hot coals of a campfire (this helps with the cooking process)
- In a mixing bowl, combine salt and flour
- With hands, rub in the butter into the flour and salt mixture
- Add the milk or water to the dry ingredients and mix with a butter knife until well combined
- 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
- Using a sharp knife, slash a cross or asterisk shape onto the top of the loaf
- Transfer the loaf into the preheated cast iron pot, put on the lid and cover the pot evenly with hot ash and coals
- Cook damper for about 25 minutes.