Australian camping recipes – how to make damper

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Australian camping recipes – how to make damper

In Australia, there’s a great camping tradition that involves cooking damper on a campfire.  Camping in Australia is very casual, so this damper suits the mood perfectly.  It can be made in a camp oven, over the hot coals by wrapping it in foil or simply wrapping the raw dough around a clean stick.

Whatever your way of cooking it, it’s sure to be a great hit with the kids and big kids.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup milk  (add some water if you need more liquid)

How to make

  • Put the flour and salt into a bowl and mix.
  • Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk.
  • Mix it all together until it is combined.
  • If possible, grease the camp oven or at least throw a little flour around to try and stop it sticking.
  • Alternatively, wrap the dough in some foil.
  • Tip: if you wrap it in baking/parchment  paper first it will stop the foil from sticking also.
  • Before completely wrapping, put a cross in the top of the dough.  This allows for expansion.
  • Bake until cooked through and golden brown.
  • The amount of time taken will depend on the heat of the coals.
  • Tip: try to cook on coals that are not burning hot as the damper will burn on the outside before cooking on the inside.

Damper is best eaten served immediately.  Australians eat it usually with lashings of butter and golden syrup.  Honey, maple syrup and even treacle can also be used.  Some others love to eat it with jam.  It’s also wonderful to eat with a cup of hot tea or coffee.  When camping in Australia, billy tea is often served.