How to cook damper on a stick

11 July, 2022

damper stick

A damper is a fun bread to make, carrying with it lots of amazing history, and is a great companion to a tasty meal. Imagine cooking this on your next school camp!

Kids will love how easy this particular damper recipe is. It is best cooked over a campfire while on a stick. Enjoy the result hot together with vegemite, or jam. This quick and easy procedure will have the kids wanting to be active participants!

What you will need:

-1 cup self-raising flour
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup of milk

Good to have: Wooden skewers such as wooden dowels from the hardware store or better still, get out your pocket knife and carve the perfect skewer from a small tree branch.


Mix well with butter and flour until the preparation is crumbly.
Add to the mixture salt and sugar. Gradually add a bit of milk until it results to a dough.
Split into two separate pieces, and roll each to look like a snake shape. Coil each around a well oiled (you can use butter) wooden skewer and then cook over the open hot coals until ready.

A little history about this iconic symbol of Australia: Damper is not just an icon of Australia’s self-reliant way of life, but of pioneering life in the bush.

Drovers made the recipe for this staple decades ago, but the essential experience has been preserved and passed on well. Some think it is best experienced when cooked over an open fire, or when cooked in cast iron camp overs. But in general, there has been little variation over the years.

Nowadays in school camps, dampers on a stick are not only a quick way to orient young people on practical cooking. It is also a glimpse into the great traits and lives of our ancestors.

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