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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Damper is a traditional Australian bread similar to Irish Soda Bread. It has no yeast, but gets its rise from self-raising flour. Its amazingly quick and easy to make, and makes a nice change from your traditional white loaf. With just 10 mins preparation time and 25 mins in the oven, this speedy loaf is ready on the table in just 35 mins. Youll find this loaf still served at many Australian parties, and would work great for your guests too.


  • 350g self-raising flour
  • 80g melted butter
  • 110ml milk
  • 1tsp salt
  • Extra milk and flour to glaze and dust

This is traditionally eaten warm from the oven and smothered with golden syrup.


  1. Preheat oven to 220C/425F/Gas Mark 7.
  2. Grease a baking sheet.
  3. Mix the flour, melted butter, milk and salt in a bowl until well combined.
  4. Turn out onto a clean surface and lightly knead for 30 seconds and roll into a ball.
  5. Place the dough onto the greased sheet and press out to a 20cm circle.
  6. Using a sharp knife score 1cm deep slits across the top dividing the dough into 8 portions.
  7. Brush with milk and dust with flour.
  8. Bake for 10 mins.
  9. Reduce the oven temperature to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4
  10. and continue to bake for a further 15 mins or until it makes a hollow sound when tapped on the base.
  11. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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For a really wonderful damper bread, try this one.. . . . . instead of milk, use a bottle of beer to the mix. Have a camp fire nearby, and for an oven, use an old cast iron pot, oil the inside slightly, and when the mix is ready, you can add some jam inside and wrap the dough around it. Like a doughnut ! Then, pop the mix into the pot, and cover with the lid. Place the pot into the hot embers of the fire, and place the embers as high as you can around the pot, up to the lid if possible. Leave for 30 minutes, and then take the top off the pot, and smell the GLORIOUS aroma of fresh damper. Remove the bread and let it cool until just warm, and then cut into the bestest freshest BBQ picnic treat ever.

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