Recipe for Wattle seed and Thyme Damper

Recipe for Wattle seed and Thyme Damper

A classic from the bush, damper is great to make on a camping trip or a fun bread to throw together with the kids. The wattleseeds add a nutty, coffee – like flavor and smell fantastic when sliced hot.

Ingredients :

  • 900g Self raising flour, sifted
  • 2 Tbsp Wattle seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Thyme Leaves
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 500ml (2 Cups) Full cream milk
  • Butter and golden syrup, to serve


Serves 8 | Preparation 10 mins | Cooking 40 mins | Skill Level: Easy



Step 1 : 

If you’re using a camp oven, build a fire and get a nice bed of coals going. If you’re baking in an oven at home, lightly grease a baking tray and preheat the oven to 200˚C.

Step 2 : 

In a bowl, combine the flour, wattleseeds, thyme and salt, then make a well in the centre and pour in the milk. Combine everything to form a smooth slightly moist dough.

Step 3 : 

Turn the dough out onto a floured bench and knead until the dough is smooth. Shape the dough into a round loaf. Use a sharp knife to score the top with an “X”.  Lightly dust the top with flour just before baking.

If using a camp oven, set the oven on a bed of gently glowing coals, place the loaf inside, put the lid on and, using a shovel, lay some coals over the camp oven. Bake for about 35 minutes or until the loaf has a golden crust and sounds hollow when tapped.

If baking your damper in a regular oven, place the loaf on the oven tray and bake for 35–40 minutes – again, you want the loaf to have a golden brown crust and sound hollow when tapped.

Serve with butter, golden syrup and hot cups of billy tea.


Wattleseeds can be purchased online.

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