Sweet Damper with Dried Fruit Recipe

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Kathryn Published: March 18, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make Sweet Damper with Dried Fruit

This sweet damper is a soda bread traditionally made in Australia. You can serve this with black tea and eat it with jam, golden syrup, or refined molasses.

Preparation: 40 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Rest Time: 3 minutes
Total: 1 hour 13 minutes



  • ½tspbutter
  • 4cupsall purpose flour
  • 8tspbaking powder
  • 2tbspwhite sugar
  • 2tbsppowdered milk,or more as needed
  • ½tspsalt
  • 1tbspbutter,softened, or more as needed
  • 1cupraisins,or to taste
  • cupscold water,or as needed
  • tsppowdered milk


  1. Build a campfire and allow the fire to burn until it has accumulated a bed of coals. Rake the coals into a flat bed on one side of the fire.

  2. Grease the inside of the camp oven lightly with ½ teaspoon butter and place it on the coals, preheating it to about 425 degrees F.

  3. Mix flour, baking powder, sugar, 2 tablespoons powdered milk, and salt together in a bowl. Rub butter gently through the mixture. Mix raisins in by hand.

  4. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Add cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing well after each addition, until dough stops sticking to the sides of the bowl.

  5. Dissolve 1½ teaspoons powdered milk in an equal amount of water in a bowl.

  6. Turn dough out onto a floured board and knead gently a few times. Shape into a rough circle or loaf about 1½ inches thick. Place in the preheated camp oven. Brush the top of the damper with the dissolved milk.

  7. Cover and bake over the fire for about 30 minutes until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.

  8. Lift the lid with a metal tent peg and remove the damper carefully. Cover with a dry towel, and let rest in a warm place for 3 to 4 minutes before serving.


  • Calories: 209.23kcal
  • Fat: 1.69g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.84g
  • Trans Fat: 0.05g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 0.36g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.22g
  • Carbohydrates: 44.34g
  • Fiber: 1.58g
  • Sugar: 9.50g
  • Protein: 4.79g
  • Cholesterol: 3.28mg
  • Sodium: 246.92mg
  • Calcium: 242.90mg
  • Potassium: 139.75mg
  • Iron: 2.51mg
  • Vitamin A: 10.88µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.28mg
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