Rating: 3.81 stars
37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 5

Damper Bread was a staple of the early Australian settlers' diet. Traditionally, the dough was cooked directly on the coals of an open fire. If you use this method, have a beer handy in case some of the ashes on the damper are still glowing when you eat it!

Recipe Summary test

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
15
Yield:
1 loaf
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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) Grease a baking sheet.

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  • In a large bowl, stir together the flour and the salt. With pastry blender or your hands, cut in butter. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the milk and water. Stir until the dough comes together. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form into a round loaf 8 inches across. Place the loaf onto the prepared pan and using a sharp knife, cut a cross in the top.

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

Nutrition Facts

133 calories; protein 3.8g; carbohydrates 25.5g; fat 1.4g; cholesterol 3.3mg; sodium 590.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (38)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2003
I have varied this recipe by adding a few ingredients of my own. For example today I added 2 cups of grated Cheddar cheese Some olives some sun dried toamtoes and then followed the rest of the recipe. Boy was that a hit! Read More
(59)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/21/2003
I really didn't care for this bread. Read More
(23)
37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2003
I have varied this recipe by adding a few ingredients of my own. For example today I added 2 cups of grated Cheddar cheese Some olives some sun dried toamtoes and then followed the rest of the recipe. Boy was that a hit! Read More
(59)
Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2003
Yummy, I am from Australia and have been craving damper for some time. I made it with some meat pies and my whole family loved it! Including the "in laws"!! Read More
(37)
Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2003
We liked it. It was a little difficult to get it to slice properly kinda crumbled a bit. Very tasty and good because my friend can not have yeast bread and this was a good substitute Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/21/2003
I really didn't care for this bread. Read More
(23)
Rating: 4 stars
05/16/2006
Yummo!! Damper can also be cooked on the campfire; wrap the loaf in alfoil (tin foil) and cook in hot coals. Use plenty of foil as damper will expand a lot as it cooks and bury in coals with a shovel. (Is best to use a fire that has died down to just hot coals.) As the submitter said damper will be cooked when it sounds hollow. If your really keen wrap a handful of dough around 5-10cm of the end of a clean stick and toast it over the campfire; once cooked pull it off the stick and fill with honey and butter!!! A bit of trial and error but good fun and delicious!! Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
06/20/2007
this is best served by the fire (in the bush of course!) with golden syrup and chocolate mushed into it. Shove the dough on the end of a stick and hold it over the fire this way the outside will be crunchy and the inside will be mushy. Don't forget a beer! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/15/2003
This was great. It reminds me of Irish Soda Bread without all the fuss. This is made from pantry items you always have on hand. It crumbled a little and wasn't easy to slice but worth the extra effort. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2003
excellent bread-made it with goat's milk and it tasted great! Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2008
This is a good recipe for a traditional bread rarely seen these days. Be sure to spread lots of Golden Syrup for a real taste of Oz... Read More
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