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soda bread on a tray

Damper Bread (Australian Soda Bread)

A really simple soda bread which bakes in 10 minutes. Damper bread is perfect served with lashings of butter!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Australian
Servings 4
Calories 331 kcal


  • 250 g self-raising flour plus extra for dusting surface
  • 50 g unsalted butter cubed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 100 ml whole milk
  • 50 ml water


  • 1. Mix the flour and salt together in a bowl. Cut the butter into cubes, add to the bowl and rub in with your fingertips until breadcrumbs are formed.
  • 2. Add the milk and water and combine using a d-scraper until the dough has come together. Tip onto a floured surface and knead very lightly to smooth out the dough.
  • 3. Form the dough into a round loaf. Mark out a cross with the back of a knife. Bake in a hot oven (200°c) for 25 minutes or until the bread is golden and sounds hollow when tapping the bottom. Serve warm!


Storage - Damper bread will last you well for a good few days (say 3-4 max) however you'll need to keep the loaf wrapped well. I suggest an old tea towel in a bread bin (that's what I do!)
Re-heating - This bread really does serve well when warm. If you've still got some left over on the 4th day, pop it in a hot oven on a baking tray for 5 mins. Plenty of butter is mandatory! 
Freezing - I'd recommend freezing only the dough since it's best served fresh and takes little time to bake! Wrap the dough in cling film and place in an airtight container. Freeze for 2 months max. Defrost thoroughly and bake as per the recipe.


Calories: 331kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 8gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 305mgPotassium: 99mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 354IUCalcium: 41mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Crispy, No yeast, Time saving
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