Tomato, Cheese and Chive Damper

This bread is quick and easy to bake with no yeast required.

Damper is an Australian type of bread which traditionally is made over a camp fire. However you can make it quite easily in your normal oven too 🙂

I love it because it is very versatile, plus it is ready in less than an hour. You can include a huge range of things to flavour it – I’ve made a couple of versions on this blog in the past, including pizza and spinach.

For this recipe I used cherry tomatoes from my garden, diced cream cheese and a good bunch of fresh chives. The result has plenty of flavour and a very soft texture. It is perfect for lunch on its own, or as a side dish for soup.

Ingredients – serves 6-8:

  • 3 cups self raising flour
  • 125g/4.5 oz cream cheese, diced
  • 2 cups grated cheese of your choice (I used cheddar)
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, diced into small pieces
  • 1 bunch (a good handful) fresh chives, finely chopped
  • black pepper, to season
  • approx 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


  • Heat your oven to 200C/180C fan forced/390F.
  • Put the flour into a large bowl then, using a flat bladed knife, stir in the cream cheese, grated cheese, tomato pieces, chives and a good seasoning of black pepper, until evenly distributed.
  • Add the milk and egg and stir until combined.
  • Use your hands to bring the dough together into a ball and give it a very quick knead (only for a minute or so). Add a little bit more milk if you need it to bring all the flour into the dough.
  • Spray a non-stick baking tray with cooking spray and then scatter over a little flour.
  • Put the dough on the tray and shape it into a disc that is about 23cm/9 inches wide.
  • Use a floured knife to mark the top of the dough into wedges (as many as you need depending on how many people you are serving).
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the damper is golden brown.
  • Leave to cool slightly before cutting into wedges.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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