Thursday, 19 March 2015

Day 29

Dampers (makes 6 pieces)

I've had the pleasure of making these several times on camping trips with the Woodcraft Folk. A Damper is a simple bread wrapped around a stick and cooked over a fire. You'll need six long sticks. If you gather them from the woods then please don't cut them off trees, but make sure that the stick is not too dry. You can use a penknife to strip off the bark.


250g plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

150ml of water


1. In a bowl combine the flour and baking powder with the water. Mix thoroughly.

2. Knead lightly into a ball and divide into six pieces. Roll each into a sausage about 20cm long and wrap around a stick. Make sure it's secure.

3. Cook the damper on the edge of the fire (or over embers of a fire), making sure the dough is not in any flame. Turn round for about 10 minutes. The Damper should increase in size and crisp all over. Leave to cool for a bit and then tear into bits and eat.

You can have it with jam, honey or, if you're feeling a bit posh, some olive oil.

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