Beer, Rosemary & Rock Salt Damper for Australia Day

Beer, Rosemary & Rock Salt Damper

Do you have any plans for Australia Day yet?  We are planning on heading out to some waterholes for a picnic so I got to thinking about Aussie picnic food.  Of course there will be the odd fly swallowed for sure and mozzie biting going on but I think this Beer, Rosemary & Rock Salt Damper will make a pretty good addition to any Australia Day picnic basket.

It’s so easy to make, the kids can help and if you don’t want the beer replace it with milk and nobody will be any the wiser. I made it in the Thermomix with gluten free flour but here is the regular method to make it first followed by the Thermo version.

What you need:

250 g Self Raising Flour (I used a GF one)

1 tsp salt plus 1 Tbs rock salt for sprinkling on the top

2 sprigs rosemary, leaves only finely chopped

35 g butter, chilled and cubed

185 mls beer

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper

In large bowl mix the flour and salt together. Add the butter and rub it into the flour with your fingertips until it becomes like fine breadcrumbs.

Stir in the beer with a knife to make a dough

With your hands shape it into a ball, like this

Damper dough

and then place it on the prepared baking tray. Flatten it down to make a round about 15 or so centimetres in diameter.

Put some flour on a sharp knife (this is worth doing otherwise the knife gets really sticky) and cut the dough into triangles. With a pastry brush, brush the top with some milk and sprinkle the extra salt on top

Bake in the over for 25 – 30 minutes or until until golden.

Serve with lashes of butter warm or at room temperature (or picnic basket temperature!).

Beer Damper for Australia Day

Just before I get to the Thermomix version I just wanted to share with you what I made for Australia Day last year because it’s really yummy. My “Fair Dinkum” Minty Lamb Salad which would also be great picnic fare too!

Minty Lamb Salad

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!

Ok now for the Thermomix lovers out there…

Beer, Rosemary & Rock Salt Damper


  • 250 g Self Raising Flour (I used a gluten free one)
  • 1 tsp salt plus 1 Tbs rock salt for sprinkling
  • 35 g butter, chilled
  • 185 g beer
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, leaves only, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper
  2. Put flour, salt and butter into the TM bowl and mix Speed 6 / 8 seconds. Scrape sides
  3. Add the rosemary and beer and combine Reverse / Speed 4 / 4 seconds
  4. Scoop out the dough and form a smooth ball and then put on the baking tray
  5. Flatten the ball to make a circle (about 15cms or so across) then with a sharp floured knife cut across the dough to make triangles
  6. Using a pastry brush, brush some milk across the top and then sprinkle with the extra salt crystals
  7. Bake in the oven for 25 - 30 minutes or until golden
  8. Serve with lashings of butter either warm or room temperature

What are your plans for Australia Day?  Ever made your own damper?


26 comments on “Beer, Rosemary & Rock Salt Damper for Australia Day

  1. Lisa @ Chocolate Meets Strawberry
    January 19, 2016 at 5:58 am

    I’ve never actually made my own damper, but need to change that now! This one looks so quick and easy, and I love that you’ve made it with GF flour, too! Can’t wait to try this smothered in butter…. 😀

    • Vicki
      January 19, 2016 at 10:07 am

      It’s all about the butter!!

  2. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    January 19, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I did make my own damper once but it wasn’t nearly as yummy as this! Beery-licious!

  3. Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living
    January 19, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    This looks fabulous Vic! I am heading off camping for the long weekend and would love to cook a damper. Nothing beats something fresh outta the fire when living out under the stars! The rosemary would be such a nice touch 🙂

  4. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    January 19, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    We haven’t even thought about our plans for Australia Day yet, I’m thinking it will be pretty low key though with a BBQ brekkie. This looks great and I second Lisa’s suggestion of lathering it in butter – yum!

  5. Natalie @ our parallel connection
    January 19, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    I remember making damper at school and on camp but never made to home. Looking so tasty #teamIBOT

    • annette charlton
      January 19, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      Me too!

    • Vicki
      January 19, 2016 at 10:52 pm

      I think maybe school camp is the only place it gets made on a regular basis these days but perhaps we can bring it back!

  6. annette charlton
    January 19, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Best damper I’ve ever eater was at a childhood school camp. Damper cooked in coals on the beach at night – never forgotten this memorable moment. Time to try making some of my own, albeit more than 35 years later! Thanks for the recipe

    • Vicki
      January 19, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      I remember loving sticking it into the fire on sticks and then drizzling with honey to eat, school camps were fun!

  7. EssentiallyJess
    January 19, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Yum! That looks awesome. We might be camping for Australia day, so in theory, I could make this the real old fashioned way.

    • Vicki
      January 19, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      You could! The old fashioned way is fun in camp fires (with lots of butter and honey!).

  8. Jen Rose
    January 19, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Oh my – this sounds very yummy! Might have to give this a try next week. =)

    • Vicki
      January 19, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      So easy to whip up on the day, it’s a bit of a fun one.

  9. Hugzilla
    January 20, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Damper and beer – doesn’t get more Aussie than that. Nice!

    • Vicki
      January 21, 2016 at 11:39 pm

      I know right!

  10. stephanie@stephsjoy
    January 21, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    I love how you just wrote about visiting waterholes on Australia Day, sounds like the perfect Aussie thing to do! Love the sound of the damper but how to convince hubby to share his beer??

    • Vicki
      January 21, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      Ha ha! I made this while the husband was out!

  11. Bec @ The Plumbette
    January 23, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    What a great combination for damper. I have no idea what we will be doing for Australia Day, probably bake snacks for back to school.

    • Vicki
      January 24, 2016 at 12:31 am

      It’s a true “Aussie” style one! I’ve started the back to school baking too…not looking forward to that daily grind again!

  12. Simone
    January 24, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Checking out some local water holes sounds like a fantastic plan. I still haven’t checked the weather forecast yet! I don’t anticipate a big day. Damper and butter is always a great idea. Yum!

    • Vicki
      January 26, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      We had rain and then sun and went to Magnetic Island which was beautiful. It was a pub lunch for us though!

  13. Melissa @ All Around Oz
    January 26, 2016 at 9:48 am

    I am so going to make this next time we go camping! It sounds (and looks) yummy!

    • Vicki
      January 26, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      It is a yummy one and would be great made on the camp fire.

  14. Jayne
    January 28, 2016 at 8:31 am

    This is great! We used to make damper as a kid and I like the idea of making it with beer!

    • Vicki
      January 30, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      It’s a bit of a fun take on a classic!

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