When you’re on a camping holiday be it long or short term, tasty food that can be cooked easily and on a budget is always handy. One of the staples we find ourselves cooking over and over again is Camp Fire Damper. These days we tend to use our camp oven, but have been known to put the damper batter wrapped in foil straight onto the coals, or go the old fashioned method of cooking individual pieces on a stick, it’s all lots of fun.

The best thing about learning to cook a great damper is that you can keep all the ingredients on hand during longer trips without risk of it going bad, and it helps to replace the need for bread which is difficult to keep and hard to get a hold of (or expensive) in some areas.

Today I’m launching our series of Aussie Camp Damper Recipes with a basic damper that can be cooked using minimal supplies, an added bonus for long camp trips!

This recipe makes a great base and don’t be scared to get creative and add things like herbs, sultanas, tomato or anything that you have on hand at your campsite for a bit of added fun and flavour.

3 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups water
(alternative – use 1/2 cup of fresh or long life milk and only 1 cup of water adjusting as needed)
Add dry ingredients:  flour, salt and milk powder into a bowl.
Add water gradually stirring as you go.
Now the fun part! Add a bit of flour to your hands, get those fingers working and ensure everything is mixed together.
Once your dough is forming, place the mixture on a well-floured surface and knead lightly.
Shape the mixture into a round and allow to stand for 5-10 minutes.
Grease & Dust your camp oven with flour and place your Damper inside OR place your damper on some greased foil inside your camp oven
Place the lid on firmly and place camp oven on the hot coals
Cover the lid with coals also and allow to cook for around half an hour

NOTE: The damper will sound hollow when you tap it once it’s cooked.

wattleseed damper