Australian Damper


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!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
1 8-inch round loaf


  • 4 cups self-rising flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened

  • 1 cup milk

  • ½ cup water


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

  2. Stir flour and salt together in a large bowl. Rub in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center; pour in milk and water, then stir until dough comes together.

  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form into an 8-inch-diameter round loaf. Place loaf onto the prepared pan; cut a cross in the top using a sharp knife.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes; 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 (per serving)

133 Calories
1g Fat
26g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 133
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 591mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Calcium 132mg 10%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 66mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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