Campfire dampers


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Appears in

A Cook’s Year in a Welsh Farmhouse

A Cook’s Year in a Welsh Farmhouse

By Elisabeth Luard

Published 2011

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You can make dampers with any bread dough or scone mixture, though this simple blend of flour and water works well enough. If you enrich the dough with a slurp of olive oil or an egg, you’ll need less water. Child’s play, really.


  • 500 g strong bread flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp


Peel the bark off several small wooden sticks, or soak several wooden skewers in water for about 30 minutes.

Mix the flour with the baking powder and salt in a bowl, or tip into a heap on a table. Make a well in the middle with your fist and add the water or milk, in a steady stream, drawing the dry ingredients into the wet with your hand till you have a soft pliable dough.