Recipes of the World – from Australia


Damper is the bush-bread of Australia. Drovers (cowboys) baked Damper in camp ovens buried in the hot ashes of their camp fires in the Outback, but if you don’t want to build a camp fire in your backyard, damper can also be baked in a normal kitchen oven.

4 cups self-raising flour
½ teaspoon salt
1½ cups milk
butter, for greasing the pan
extra flour

Sift the flour and salt into a bowl and make a well in the middle.
Pour in the milk and mix.
Grease the camp oven or round baking pan and dust with flour.
Place dough in the camp oven or pan.
Cut a cross in the top surface of dough.
Close lid of camp oven and bake in the hot ashes of your camp fire for about thirty minutes, or bake in preheated normal kitchen oven for 30 minutes at 220° C (425° F).
Eat with a cup of tea, boiled in a billy.