Dutch Oven Damper Bread

There is one more bread in town, ahem, I mean on my blog.
Damper bread is Australian bread and traditionally made in the hot ashes of a campfire, using a cast iron pan or just dumped and covered with plain hot ashes. How cool does that sound, huh? I remember bread that we made when we went camping and it was usually made under the lid that was covered with ashes, the post, and the lid is called “sač” You can read it more here.
Anyhow, we are talking about Damper here so let me explain more about this bread if you never heard of it before. 
You may watch some of the videos on YouTube for a better explanation from natives. This bread is seriously extremely easy, and you cannot go wrong making it, and I absolutely love the taste and texture. As you can see, I used a Dutch oven to bake it in my oven and came out beautifully and very tasty indeed.

Dutch Oven Damper Bread


I just couldn’t wait until it was cool enough to break a piece and spread it with butter and jam. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this kind of bread.
I really hope you guys try to make it because it is quick, no-knead, delicious bread that is between biscuits and savory scones.
Wishing you all an amazing day!
Happy Cooking

Dutch Oven Damper Bread


Damper bread is Australian bread and traditionally made in the hot ashes of a campfire, using a cast iron pan or just dumped and covered with plain hot ashes. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Author Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking


  • 4 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter chilled and cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups Cold Buttermilk


  1. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
  2. Add cubed and chilled unsalted butter, then using your fingers, crumble the butter into the flour until the flour is barely visible.
  3. Pour cold buttermilk in the middle of the flour and mix until combined. Use your hands to combine it together until you make a sticky ball.
  4. Take it on the lightly floured surface and lightly knead the dough. This is just to form it into round dough ball.
  5. Heat the oven to 425° F (or you may use a campfire).
  6. Transfer dough to a lightly oiled Dutch oven and cut across on the top surface and into 8 slices of the dough.
  7. Close lid on Dutch oven and bake in the hot ashes of your campfire for about 40-45 minutes, or bake in the preheated oven like I did for about 30 to 35 minutes. You can easily check if the bread is done just by tapping it on the top or bottom with your fingers... It will sound hollow when it's done.

Recipe Notes

You may use Self-Rising Flour. In that case skip baking powder, baking soda and reduce salt to ½ teaspoon. Instead of buttermilk, you may use beer, and/or other additions. I take off the lid 10 minutes before the bread is done to get a deeper golden color. You may use parchment paper lined in the dutch oven. This bread is similar to Irish soda bread.


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