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Dusan's Famous ''Spotted Dog'' Recipe

Updated: Dec 28, 2023

If you joined us at our fantastic 2018 reunion you may have been treated to a wonderful slice of Dusan’s “Spotted Dog” damper bread that he prepared on the day and submitted into our reunion competition. It was delicious served straight off the fire with a generous helping of golden syrup.

Dusan and the the ''Spotted Dog'' ready for some coals at our 2018 reunion

Dusan highlighted that all the ingredients are important in this recipe, but the Cocky’s Joy (golden syrup) must not be forgotten when serving and lastly, that its very important for the cook to keep hydrated with the ½ Doz VBs mentioned in the recipe while making the bread!

Enjoy cooking this one on your next adventure and special thanks to Dusan for making his bread at the reunion and sharing it with all of us.

Dusan’s “Spotted Dog “


750g SR flour

200g sultanas

1/2tsp salt

3 slurps of Port (about ½ cup)

1 can of VB beer (at room temperature)

1 can of Coke (at room temp.)


Cocky’s Joy (Golden Syrup)

½ doz VBs for the cook !!!


Have a roaring fire going to give you plenty of good coals.

Line the camp oven with Alfoil , smooth it out and dust

with flour.

Put all dry Ingredients in a bowl. Make a well in the centre.

Add Port and 1 can of beer and mix well. Add just enough Coke

to make a soft and smooth dough using fork only- no kneading !!!!

Transfer the dough in the oven.

Spread a shovel of good coals on the ground, put the oven on top

of it and cover it with preheated lid. Put 1 or 2 shovels

of coals on the lid. You may have to add more coals under and/or

on the lid( depending on the quality of coals) to maintain a good

and steady heat in the oven.

After about 30 minutes lift the lid to check how much more

Cooking is required.

When the “dog” is cooked remove it from the oven, peel off the

Alufoil and wrap it in clean tea towel for about 10 minutes before

slicing it. Serve it while still warm with lashings of butter and a

generous dollop of “Cocky’s Joy” and serve it with billy tea “

Dusan and Voni preparing the "Spotted Dog'' and the ''Spotted Dog" on the coals

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