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Delicious Camp Oven Damper!

Just because you’re out on the tracks, or travelling doesn’t mean you have to miss dessert! Damper is one of our family favourites! Crispy damper with jam and custard, around the fire is the perfect way to finish up any night!

Damper has come along way from the water and flour recipes of our swagman and drover friends, but it is a must do and must try when camping or cooking on a fire.

We’ve used and improved our damper recipe so it’s quick, easier and super tasty! It’s an adaptation of a scone recipe so makes for a light and fluffy damper. There are a few good tips when cooking damper especially in a camp oven.

  1. Start the heat off low and build up, you don’t want your damper to be nice and crispy brown on the outside but doughy and undercooked on the inside.

  2. Use a trivet, that way you won’t turn the bottom of your damper into a biscuit.

  3. Spread your heat 60/40, 60% coming from underneath. We don’t put any coals on top for the first 10 mins (give or take).

  4. You know your damper is done when you tap on the top of it and your damper sounds hollow.

  5. Sweet and Savoury, damper can be twisted for any time of the day, 2 cloves of garlic with some rosemary and thyme makes for a great happy hour snack (even with some grated cheese in the dough or sprinkled on top)

Check out the recipe below:

2 Cups - Self-Raising Flour

2 teaspoons - Sugar

½ teaspoons - Baking Powder

1 Egg

Pinch Salt

½ Cup Milk (Can replace with Cream)

½ Water (Can replace with Milk)

1 Tablespoon - Olive Oil

Step 1: Mix all dry ingredients together (SR Flour, Sugar, Salt, Baking Powder)

Step 2: Make a well in the dry ingredients and add all wet ingredients (Egg, Milk, Water, Oil)

Step 3: Mix until combined, you should be able to form a nice dough, add more flour if too wet / sticky or add more milk / oil if too dry.

Step 4: Form a round dough and place in the middle on a trivet in camp oven

Step 5: Cook on coals keeping 60% of the heat from the bottom, starting low and slow. Add coals to top of camp oven mid-way to cook and crisp up top.

Step 6: Damper will be cooked when tapped on the top it sounds hollow.

Step 7: Remove, cut, spread with favourite jam or spread and enjoy!

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