Damper is a tried-and-true campfire classic bread that pretty much everyone adores.
I like to add butter and sugar, which a traditional damper would not usually include. Let the kids make the dough and divide it into portions, then wrap each portion around the top part of a long stick. The kids can then cook it over the fire. Once cooked, fill the hole where the stick was with honey, jam or Nutella. Be warned – once you have made this the first time, your kids will invariably start asking you to make more!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra as needed
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 3/4 cup honey, jam or Nutella, to serve
- Combine the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl. Add the butter and use your fingertips to rub it into the flour until it is all incorporated – it should resemble breadcrumbs.
- Gradually add the milk and knead to combine, adding just enough to make a dough that isn’t too sticky and that can be easily kneaded. If it’s too sticky or wet, it will drop off the sticks when it is being cooked. Add a little extra flour if this is the case. Knead in the bowl for about 10 minutes, or until soft and elastic, giving everyone a turn so they all get to join in the fun.
- Divide the damper into six portions, form into balls and shape into ovals around the top of six long, thick sticks. With parental supervision, let the kids cook the bread over the fire for about 10–15 minutes, turning the bread regularly, until golden brown on all sides. When the bread is cooked, it will sound hollow when tapped. Wait for 5 minutes, then remove from the stick and fill with your favorite filling. Makes 6 small breads.