Aussie Date Damper Recipe

Date damper

This delicious date damper recipe is perfect to serve as a morning tea with a cuppa coffee while you’re camping or travelling. Serve fresh and hot with butter – yum!

Aussie Date Damper Recipe

Recipe by Mick VillerCourse: Camp Oven Damper Recipes


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  • 2 cups self-raising flour

  • 100g butter

  • 100g dates

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1/4 cup boiling water


  • Soak the dates in a 1/4 cup of boiling water until soft.
  • Rub the butter into the flour and salt mixture until well combined.
  • Add in date mixture mix until forms a ball, may need to add additional water, knead slightly and put into a hot camp oven for about 30 minutes. Check to see if more cooking is required or remove it from the camp oven.

What is Damper?

Damper was developed initially by stockmen who travelled in remote areas usually by horseback for long periods, commonly carrying only essential rations like flour, sugar and tea.

What ingredients make damper?

The crucial ingredients of damper were self-raising flour, salt and water.

How do you cook damper?

Traditionally damper was cooked buried in coals, however, nowadays its usually cooked in a camp oven. For damper, you need top and bottom coals to cook damper in a camp oven.

Is damper meant to be dense when cooked?

No, the damper should be light and fluffy if its dense than you must have kneaded it.

The trick to making damper is not to knead it; you want to combine the ingredients until they are mixed without pushing the air out this will ensure a light and fluffy damper.

How do I get the perfect crust on the damper?

Camp ovens tend to retain moisture, and when they do, it can be hard to cook a crusty damper. 

To release moisture, crack the lid by placing a piece of wire to create a gap to allow the steam to escape.`

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