Camp Oven Damper Recipe

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Prep Time

5 Mins

Cooking Time

30 Mins

Total Time

35 Mins


4-5 People

4.5 Quart Camp Oven

Top and Bottom Heat




Camp Oven Damper Recipe


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

Next time your camping have a try of this Simple Camp Oven Damper Recipe, its 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.

When you knead 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 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.

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

How Long does damper last?

Damper is best eaten fresh, as 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 or the damper.

What other ingredients can you put in a damper?

Once you perfect your plain damper, you can ad virtually and ingredients you wish to make other flavoured dampers like bacon and cheese or even chocolate.

Is damper the same as bread?

No, damper does no have yeast like bread does, damper is more like a 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 dont need to, but you can if you want to.

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


  • Pinch of Salt
  • Self Raising Flour
  • Water



Gather Ingredients

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

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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7 thoughts on “Camp Oven Damper Recipe”

    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. 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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