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Australia Day

On Thursday we celebrated Australia day. Leo had brought in a Boomerang and some pictures of Australia to show us. During the day we made Damper bread. Damper is traditionally a simple Australian unleavened bread baked in the hot coals of a campfire. The dough was wrapped around a stick and cooked or put into an iron pot and buried in the hot coals.

The bread is called damper because the fire is damped to allow the bread to be cooked over the ash covered hot coals.

During colonial times it was a staple food in the bush because the dry ingredients could be easily carried and they only needed to add water to make the damper.

We used the oven to make our first batch of Damper! This tasted delicious. All of us tried it and nearly all of us loved it! We were more adventurous with our second batch of Damper and tried baking it on a barbecue. Unfortunately, this wasn’t so successful so we toasted marshmellows instead! We all really enjoyed having our barbecue. (photos at the end of this post)


Here is the recipe for Damper bread. We really recommend it, it is really delicious!

Damper Bread
2 cups self-raising flour (plus extra as needed)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons butter

1. Mix the flour, salt and sugar together into a bowl.
2. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients.
3. Add the milk slowly to form a soft dough.
4. Knead lightly on a floured board until smooth.
5. Shape into a round loaf, brush with milk and cut a cross in the top.
6. Grease and dust with flour a round cake tin and place the loaf in it.
7. Put in the oven and bake at 190c for 30-40 minutes.

Note: To test if it is done, tap on the loaf and it should sound hollow.
Cut into thick slices and serve while warm with butter and your favourite



  1. Jacky Blackmore Said,

    January 30, 2012@ 4:16 pm      Reply

    You obviously enjoyed making, and eating, your Damper Bread. What good cooks! I am going to try your recipe at home.

  2. charlotteandrews Said,

    January 30, 2012@ 6:58 pm      Reply

    Them pictures of you look great. I remember making Damper bread as brownies but mine turned out really bad,yours look so much better.(I hope they tasted nice!!!!!)

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