Delicious Damper Bread with cheese, chives and bacon

Damper Bread

Damper bread is an Australian classic that is perfect for any occasion. This simple bread is traditionally made with flour, water, and a pinch of salt, and is cooked over an open fire or in a camp oven.

However, this recipe takes it up a notch by adding cheese, chives, and bacon, which takes the flavor to a whole new level.

The first time we tasted this delicious damper bread was during our trip to Bungle Bungles (Purnululu National Park) in Western Australia. While walking to the Cathedral Gorge we met a lovely couple from Rockhampton. We talked for a bit and somehow we liked each other. Shirley, the lady we met, invited us to try this damper once we got back to the car. It was delicious, especially after that long walk.

We politely asked Shirley if we can get a recipe. And there you have it!

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We love its simplicity and original taste. Damper bread tastes best when it is fresh, crunchy and served with butter.

Not a big fan of cheese – Try our pumpkin damper.

Prep time:  20 minutes

Baking time: around 30 minutes

Servings: 4

Equipment: Dutch oven with trivet

Damper Bread - ingredients
Damper Bread – ingredients

Damper bread – Ingredients

  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 60 grams of melted butter
  • 200 ml of milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • A handful of diced bacon
  • A handful of shredded tasty cheese
  • 4 tablespoons of fresh chopped chives


  1. Start a camp fire at least 40 minutes before cooking time

2. To make this delicious damper bread, start by dicing bacon and chives. Make sure butter is melted or soft. 

3. Insert flour, salt, milk, and melted butter into a bowl and mix it all together. Add the rest of the ingredients, and knee everything for 6-8 minutes until all ingredients are combined together. Form a flat, round bread, cut it on top, and brush it lightly with milk.  

Make it nice and round!
Make it nice and round!

4. Bake it in the camp oven for around 30 minutes, turning the oven every 10 minutes.

Bake it until it is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

Once it’s done, let it cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving. This delicious bread is perfect on its own or served alongside your favorite soup or stew. With its crispy crust, gooey cheese, and savory bacon, this damper bread is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

Damper Bread baking
Damper Bread baking

5. Damper bread is ready when is nice and golden and gives a hollow sound when tapped.  

And this is the final presentation - it looks delicious!
And this is the final presentation – it looks delicious!

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