Make your own Damper at home

make your own damper

Damper is one of Australia’s most iconic symbols of bush life. It’s a simple bush bread that can be made with just 4 ingredients. It was made famous by drovers, who baked this bush bread in the coals of their campfire and has been recognised as a staple of bush life for decades. You can make your own damper at home with these easy steps.


  • 250g self-raising flour 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 25g butter, chilled and cubed 
  • 175ml milk


  1. Mix the flour with the salt in a large bowl. Add the butter and rub it into the flour with the tips of your fingers, until it resembles fine crumbs. 
  2. Stir in the milk with a round blade knife (butter knife) to make a soft, but not sticky dough. 
  3. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and shape into a soft, smooth ball. 
  4. Set the ball of dough onto a tray or baking sheet and flatten gently to make a round about 17cm across. Cut a deep cross in the dough and brush lightly with milk. 
  5. Bake at 190C for 30 minutes until golden. 
  6. Serve warm or at room temperature. 

Serve your damper with butter and your favourite jam. In this picture, we have used a Kakadu Plum jam that we received from a company called Indigiearth that we have partnered with.

Indigiearth is a wholly Aboriginal-owned and established business which focuses on creating products using authentic native ingredients sourced from Aboriginal communities using traditional land management practices that respect Mother Earth. These products will be used as part of our daily menus which we cook from scratch and are a great way to embed indigenous perspectives and learning into our program and practice.

Our first order arrived and the children were very excited to see what the package contained. We examined each product before opening them up and used our senses to explore the products. We look forward to learning more about native Australian ingredients and Aboriginal perspectives through this wonderful partnership.  

We hope you’ll love making Damper at home with your family. Want to see more of the food that we serve at our centres? You can book a tour or send us a message.

Written By

Alice, NEEC Chef

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