How to bake basic damper while camping

It's the perfect camping food.

A classic Australian yeast-free bread, traditionally made in the coals of a camp-fire – either directly on coals or in a cast-iron camp oven.

This delicious yeast-free bread is best enjoyed hot from the oven with lashings of butter. Serve on its own, or as with a hearty bowl of soup.



1.Place a trivet in the base of a camp oven, if you have one; alternatively, the damper can be cooked directly on the base – you may need to elevate the oven further. Place the camp oven, elevated about 5cm, over hot coals to heat.
2.Place flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Rub in the butter; stir in milk and enough of the water to form a sticky dough. Knead dough on a floured surface until just smooth. Press into a 16cm round.
3.Cut a cross into top of dough, about 1cm deep. Sprinkle with a little extra flour. Place damper on trivet in camp oven.
4.Place lid on camp oven. Place hot coals on oven lid; most of the heat should be on the lid so the base doesn’t burn.
5.Bake damper for 20 minutes, rotating oven occasionally. Elevate further or reduce the coals underneath if the damper is browning too quickly on the base. Replace the coals on the lid with hot coals. Bake for a further 15 minutes or until damper is golden and sounds hollow when tapped. Stand for 
10 minutes before slicing.

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