Ann Reardon

Clever or Never?

Damper Recipe
375g (13.23 ounces) plain all purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 teaspoons salt
90g (3.17 ounces) butter, melted
125mL (4.23 fluid ounces) milk

Mix all the ingredients together and knead until well combined. Double wrap in foil and bake in the fire. Or roll into a snake and wrap around a stick to cook it in the flames. This is fun but tends to end up with burnt damper. The best results will be in a cast iron camping oven.

Here’s what to google if you wish to purchase any of the gadgets in this video. Most are available on ebay, amazon and elsewhere:

fruit vegetable spiral knife (clever)

silicone dough bag (clever as long as you don’t put it in the fire)

party ant picks (clever for a themed party if kids are older so they won’t choke on them)

pastry wheel cutter (clever)

garlic cutter (never) I am hoping there are better models out there.

cookie plunger cutter (clever, there are so many different designs to choose from)


I have been busy over the last year planning, writing and overseeing the photography and layout for my first ever cookbook! There are heaps of my favourite dessert recipes in there with a chapter on pastries, ice-cream, yummy cakes, artistic desserts and of course chocolate desserts. Each chapter has its own intro explaining the food science that you'll need to know for success every time. Booksellers where you can purchase your very own copy:

All recipe quantities in the book are in grams, ounces and cups.

4 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 5

    How long do you cook the damper on the fire? I’m going to try this when we next do a fire in our fire pit! Also it won’t let me submit the comment without rating the recipe but I can’t make the recipe reliably without the cooking information so I’m just giving this five stars because this channel is the best

  2. Rating: 5

    If you want to bake it in the oven how long do you bake it for

  3. Rating: 5

    How long do you cook the damper in open flame?

  4. Rating: 5

    Where did you get the fruit skewer thing?

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