Head To Australia This Sunday With My Damper Bread Bonfire Recipe


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Hey Lovelies,

I don’t know about you, but it feels like fireworks and bonfire season is continuing well into the night. Although the 5th November has passed, the world is still alighting with the sparkles that so many of us adore and admire. Personally, I prefer a bonfire to fireworks, as I love the cosy setting in which they create.

They inspire me to get big chunky socks on, huge jumpers and a renewed sense of comfort. However, for others, they are also the perfect opportunity to make something food-wise. Whether it be Smores’, hot dogs or even bread.

Weeks ago, I wanted to make a quick and easy bread for my mum. I wanted something a little bit different though. Something she had never had before. Looking up tons of recipes online, I found an Australian quick bread that can be done on the go. Literally. Known for being a campfire food, Damper bread can be made with just a few ingredients and in little time at all.

The bread came out perfect and I was seriously impressed with it. As was my mum who enjoyed the garlic and herbs that I added to the bread, as I served her it fresh from the oven with lots of butter. Making a garlic bread type loaf in 45 minutes maximum. There so, on this chilly Sunday, I thought I would share the recipe with you to recreate.

You can enjoy this with your Sunday roast or take the recipe outside and experiment with on your next bonfire night. Please find the ingredients, method and tools needed to make a sweet Damper bread below:


  • 4 Cups Self-Rising Flour
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Butter, Softened
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • ½ Cup Water


  • Oven
  • Baking Paper
  • Baking Tray
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Sharp Kitchen Knife
  • Mixing Bowl


  1. Preheat your oven to 220 (C) or 425 (F). Grab your baking tray and grease it with butter and flour or grease and line with the baking paper.
  2. Add together the flour and salt in the mixing bowl. Using the spoon mix until well combined.
  3. Taking the butter, use your hands to cut it into the flour mixture. The recipe should look like fine breadcrumbs at this point.
  4. Make a well in the centre of the mixture and pour in the milk and water, one at a time. Use the spoon to combine the dough together.
  5. Once together, use your hands to turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for a few minutes before forming into an 8inch round loaf with your hands.
  6. Carefully place the round loaf onto your prepared baking tray. Then taking the knife, cut a cross or pumpkin-like pattern into the top of the loaf. Make sure to go quite far in, but not too far, so that the design isn’t lost when cooking.
  7. Place into the oven to bake for 25 minutes at the above temperature. Once your timer has gone off at 25 minutes, turn the oven down to 175 (C) or 350 (F) for an additional five to ten minutes of cooking. The loaf will be ready when golden brown and the bottom sounds hollow when you tap it.
  8. After 30 minutes, the loaf should be ready and is best served warm.

Campfire Option: If you decide to make it on a camping trip, you do all of this but with a campfire oven over your bonfire instead lovelies. It should take around 30 to 35 minutes to complete.

According to the Aussies, Damper bread is best with warm butter and golden syrup. However, you can also add herbs like I did or other sweet toppings of your choice. Whatever you decide to do though lovelies, make sure to share your Sunday bakes with me!

Joey X

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