Damper Recipe

Damper bread was a staple in the diet of early Australian settlers. The dough was traditionally cooked on an open fire over coals. It would be best if you always had a beer on hand if the damper’s ashes still glow after you eat the dough.

Prep: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Total:1 hour


Yield: 1 loaf


Ingredient Checklist

  • 4 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup water


Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1

Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).

  • Step 2

Mix the flour, salt and milk in a large bowl. Use a pastry blender to cut the butter. Place the milk and water in a well in the center of the flour mixture. Mix until the dough is well combined. The dough should be rolled out on a floured surface. Form the dough into a loaf measuring 8 inches in diameter. Then, place the loaves on the prepared pan.

  • Step 3

Bake the loaf for 25 minutes in the preheated pan. After that, lower the oven temperature to 350°F (175° C), and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes. The loaf should be golden brown, and the bottom should sound hollow when tapped.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 133 calories; Protein 3.8g; Carbohydrates 25.5g; Fat 1.4g; Cholesterol 3.3mg; Sodium 590.5mg.


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