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Recipes - Damper

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Damper Recipe

Hundreds of kids participating in the Mt Barney Lodge Kids Night Adventure activity have enjoyed making their own damper over an open campfire with us over the years. Many of these have walked away with a hand-written recipe to try the next day.

Now we are sharing our “secret recipe” with you all 

We prefer this as a campfire treat, as when compared to marshmallows, the effort involved means that you have to work for your treat, and you feel full way before you can eat too much. Damper is also low in sugar, it’s what you add to it after cooking that counts.

When camping, you can take the pre-mixed dry ingredients, and just add the oil/water when you are ready.

You may want to make enough for the family, or just for one person. See the ratios in the table below:


   Ingredients  Family   1 person
   Self-raising flour 2 Cups
1/2 Cup
   Powdered milk 1 tbls
1 tps
   Salt 1/2 tps
   Sugar 1/2 tbls
1/2 tps
   Water 195ml
   Oil 1 tbls 1 tps


Place all dry ingredients into a large bowl - flour, salt, sugar and milk powder.

Add water & oil 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 in the bowl. Once your dough has formed, turn the mixture out on a well-floured surface and knead lightly.

Shape the mixture into a round and allow to stand for 5-10 minutes.


Either place the whole damper inside greased foil (or better still a campoven), and place in the cooling embers of a fire for 20 mins or until cooked.

Or wind a handful of damper shaped into a 2 cm “snake” onto a long stick, secure the ends to itself, and toast over hot coals until golden.

Best served with golden syrup, but some prefer Nutella or peanut butter.

*note – for a gluten-free option use gluten-free self-raising flour



Check out our school holiday program to book into our next damper making on the Kids Night Adventure activity. 


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