Damper bread was the traditional bread of Australian bush men, traditionally baked in the coals of a fire. It's very easy to make, and is great camp fire food.
Here's a version using hazelnuts mixed into the flour, shown to us by Jonathon Huet at our Wild Food and Medicine class.
Damper bread is delicious dipped in wild berry syrup, or simply buttered.
Third to Half Cup Flour
Quarter to Third Cup Water
Glug of Oil
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves 2 people
(multiply quantities for more people)
1. If you can, forage for hazelnuts, else use shop bought
2. Get fire going
3. Heat oil in large skillet over fire
4. Roughly crush hazelnuts in a bowl
5. Mix hazelnuts into the flour
6. Slowly add water to the flour and bring it together with your hands to make a dough
7. Form patties and drop them into the hot oil
8. Cook both sides until golden brown, ensuring the middle is cooked through
Author & Curator
Nigel Berman is the founder of School of the Wild.