Monday, 8 June 2009

campfire bread...

Campfire or damper bread is great to cook on an open fire. You have to twist your bread around a green stick and keep turning so as not to burn it, but it tastes delicious on its own, freshly baked.

400g plain flour
30ml natural sugar
15ml sea salt
20ml baking powder
60ml softened butter
10ml warm water

in the kitchen...
1. mix together all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Add water and stir. Dough should be too dry to come together into one lump.
3. Cut in butter and knead by hand just long enough to make it smooth and consistent.
4. Form into a log, wrap in plastic and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

at the campsite...
5. Prepare 1 or more sticks 1cm in diameter by shaving clean with a pocket knife.
6. Cut dough into 12 pieces. Roll into long pencil thin snakes 30cm (12 inches) and coil these around the end of the stick.
7. Hold sticks high over the fire, constantly turning until the coiled dough turns golden brown.
8. Cool and eat straight off the stick!

recipe from the book Baking Bread with Children by Warren Lee Cohen


  1. your boys are going to have such wonderful memories of childhood. thanks for the recipe, we will definitely be doing this with our next campfire.

  2. we used to make damper when i was little - out on the beach at night. my mother used to put raisins in her recipe and we would fill the hole made by the stick (we used to pull ours off the stick) with butter and golden syrup - yum!

    my mouth is watering just thinking about it :)

  3. campfire damper is my top 10 alltime greatest tastes of all time.

    like ccm we used to stuff it with butter and jam :)


  4. Oh wow - that's really amazing! I've never seen anyone do that before! I'm going to have to try it on the next camping trip I think :)

  5. Mmmmmm Dampners, my favourite, we often finish of a bbq at home with these little yummies. They work well in an emergency with just flour and water, then filled with Jam. Can't wait to try your reciepe this weekend.

  6. grand blog - arrived via...tipi campsite

    Having booked a tipi at the same site for next week - I stupidly decided to delve deeper into the murky world of reviews.

    Having read and focused on the negative reviews - I'm holding faith with your interpretation - and freely admit in a somewhat fickle manner that, being a designer myself, I have resurged confidence based on the aesthetics of your blog alone.

    Fingers crossed...(mind you the worst review did start with the pompous comment of 'having marketed itself as a middle class campsite' or something along those turgid lines - ones glad they had an awful time!)

    We'll be trying out the damper bread



  7. Dear Matt

    You will have a wonderful time, it is what you make of it, if you enter into the swing of things and relax and take time to enjoy the simple things, you will have a wonderful time. Make sure you take warm clothes for the evening and warm bedding, wet weather gear, and buy fishing rods. I cheated and made my damper bread at home first and took it with me wrapped in cling film just for ease. I look forward to seeing your photos!

    Emma ;0)

  8. Hi... I'm going to try your recipe for twists with some impatient 9 year olds on friday! Wish me luck 8>

  9. need 153 Wild Things To do State-side...! great site....



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