Three pots of damson jam and a slice of sourdough with jam

Best damson recipes

Make the most of plump seasonal damsons with our best recipes, from homemade jam to comforting bakes like hearty cobbler or flaky pie

Looking for the best damson recipes? Preserve the seasonal fruity flavour with our best jam recipes. Or, try one of our easy bakes, like cobbler or a puff pastry slice.


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Best damson recipes

Damson slice

This simple bake is an easy way to use up a glut of damsons. Use ready-made puff pastry and fill with marzipan, stewed damsons and a sprinkle of ground almonds. Bake for 40 minutes and serve with a generous dollop of custard.

Damson jam

These little autumnal fruits with deep blue skins are juicy and tart – so tart, in fact, that they can’t really be eaten raw. They make wonderful jam though, so get your hands on them while they’re in season.

Damson cobbler

Cooking releases the tangy flavours of the damson plum, making it the perfect candidate for a heavenly cobbler. Delicious with a dollop of crème fraîche.

Salad of wood pigeon with soft poached eggs and damsons

This salad of wood pigeon with soft poached eggs and damsons comes from Trinity in Clapham Old Town. If you can’t get hold of fresh damsons, you can use plums – just cut them in half when poaching.