Camp Oven Damper Recipe | The Camp Oven Cook

Who doesn’t love a freshly cooked damper? It’s cheap to make especially when home brand self-raising flour costs about $1/kg, so it’s safe to say it is a cost-effective way to feed the family.

Next time you are camping, try this Simple Camp Oven Damper Recipe, it’s easy and quick to make and best served hot with butter and maple syrup.

There are tons of recipes on the internet for cooking damper, most of them require you to use lots of ingredients and work the dough for a few minutes.

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A plain damper cooked in a Camp Chef Camp oven, available from Tentworld

Are you Gluten intolerant? try this gluten-free damper recipe.

When you knead the damper too much, it pushes all of the air out and makes the damper dense. So the best way to combine it is with a butter knife, cutting the mixture together like making scones.

I have lost count of how many times I have prepared this version of the damper. However, no matter how many times I cook this recipe, it turns out perfect – crunchy on the outside, and fluffy on the inside.

What size camp oven to cook damper?

A 9qt camp oven is a perfect size to cook a damper in, it will cook a damper from 1cup of flour up to a 6 cup damper, I usually cook my dampers with 4 cups of flour.

Don’t have a camp oven? this 9qt camp oven from campfire is perfect

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Versatile in size, the Campfire 9Qt Cast Iron Camp Oven is perfect for keeping you and the kids satisfied on your next family camping holiday.

Gather Ingredients

For this recipe, you will need, self-raising flour, salt, and water.

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Step One.

In a large bowl, add 2 cups of self-raising flour and a pinch of salt, and slowly add some water until the ingredients start to combine and form a dough.

Note: You don’t actually want to knead the dough – you just want to cut it together with a butter knife.

combine flour, salt and water into a bowl for the camp oven recipe

Step Two

Using your hands, cup it and slowly work the dough until you get a nice round damper shape.

Place the damper onto a lightly floured trivet covered with foil and put the lid on the camp oven.

As you are baking you need the heat on top and on the bottom of the camp oven. Cook for about 20 – 25 minutes.

When using Heat Beads, I use around 10 heat beads on the bottom and 14 on the top of a 9QT camp oven.

combine the ingredients for the Damper Recipe

Step Three

That’s It, time to consume it while it’s hot, I like eating mine with a stew.

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Camp Oven Damper Recipe

Recipe by Mick VillerCourse: Camp Oven Damper RecipesCuisine: AustralianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Calories

300

kcal
Camp Oven Size

9 QT

Heating Method

Top and bottom Heat

Total time

35

minutes

Ingredients

  • Pinch of Salt

  • Self Raising Flour

  • Water

Directions

  • In a large bowl, add 2 cups of self-raising flour and a pinch of salt, and slowly add some water until the ingredients start to combine and form a dough.
  • Using your hands, cup it and slowly work the dough until you get a nice round damper shape.
  • Place the damper onto a lightly floured trivet covered with foil and put the lid on the camp oven.
  • As you are baking you need the heat on top and on the bottom of the camp oven. Cook for about 20 – 25 minutes.
  • That’s It, time to consume it while it’s hot, I like eating mine with a stew.

Notes

  • Note: You don’t actually want to knead the dough – you just want to cut it together with a butter knife.

Are you Gluten intolerant? try this gluten-free damper recipe.

How Long Does a damper last?

The damper is best eaten fresh, as the damper does not contain any yeast or preservatives, so it will go stale very quickly.

How long does Damper take to cook?

Damper usually only takes 20 to 30 mins, cooking time will also depend on the size of the damper.

What other ingredients can you put in a damper?

Once you perfect your campfire damper recipe, you can add virtually any ingredients you wish to make other flavoured dampers like bacon and cheese or even chocolate.

Is damper the same as bread?

No, the damper does not have yeast as bread does, the damper is more like a loaf of soda bread.

How do I get the perfect damper crust?

Use more heat in the lid of the camp oven, camp ovens tend to retain moisture. The best way to release moisture is to crack the lid by placing a piece of wire or something similar, to allow the steam to escape.

Should I preheat my camp oven when cooking a damper?

No, you don’t need to, but preheating your camp oven will ensure the damper starts cooking straight away once it’s placed in the camp oven.

Is damper Vegan?

Yes, as long as you only cook a basic damper recipe or a damper that only contains plant-based ingredients that is suitable to be used in a vegan damper recipe.

Let’s get cracking with this Camp Oven Damper Recipe!

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11 Comments

    1. Good day to You Mick your camp Owen damper looks grate and easy to make with few ingredients ,I will try to make it on my next camping adventure.
      Thank You for the recipe and cheers from Ivan.

      1. Thank you so so much for this recipe! I have tried it previous weekend and it turned out beautifully! I didn’t have trivet and put it on our woodfire coals. The bottom was obviously burnt, but the damper itself had a beautiful golden colour and 25 minutes was perfect!
        I’m camping again this weekend and will give it another go (will try the wire and some coals on top too) as it went very well with the lamb curry I made.

  1. First time making damper in our camp oven and this recipe turned out perfectly! Fluffy on the inside crunchy on the outside – everyone was impressed.
    Thanks for sharing

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