How to make damper

Our Programs Manager Chris was very lucky during one of her last regional visits to Waabiny Time Playgroup in Albany to have prominent indigenous elder “Aunty Averil” make her very special style of fried damper.

Averil is a well known highly respected Noongar Elder as well as being a great grandmother and Playgroup WA’s oldest staff member.

Damper is an easy food to create with simple ingredients, it’s usually fun to cook over a campfire, in the oven or in Aunty Averil’s case, can also be fried. Enjoy!

If you’re looking for specific recipe keep scrolling below.

Making Damper








  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 cup of flour
  • Water
  • 1 teaspoon salt and water to mix
  • Bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Tray
  • Extra flour

1. Pre heat oven 180C
2. Place flour and salt in a mixing bowl and mix, with your fingers or wooden spoon.
3. In the middle of the mixture, make a well and pour a little water at a time, until the mixture is firm dough.
4. Place the dough onto a floured board and continue to knead the mixture until it is smooth and round.
5. Place on a lightly floured tray and press down slightly.
6. Place on top shelf in oven for 10-15 minutes then turn it over for a further 10-15 minutes.

Damper should be golden brown in colour and sound hollow when you tap on it. Break the damper into chunks and spread with butter and favourite topping such as honey, golden syrup, jam or vegemite. It is best eaten warm.

Extra things….To make a larger one just add more flour and more water. You can also try adding sultanas or herbs for a different taste.