Damson Jam Recipe

Homemade Damson Jam
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If you’re in the lucky position to be in possession of lots of damsons, don’t despair! Whilst these richly dark, yet tart stoned fruits may not be to everyone’s taste, we know this Damson Jam recipe will hopefully persuade otherwise. Damson Jam is surprisingly tasty and is not overly sweet. It’s a good option for sweet bakes like fruit scones or as a base for a frangipane tart.

If you’re a first-time jam maker then Damson Jam is a good place to start. Roll up your sleeves and immerse yourself in the surprisingly easy world of jam-making. Damsons contain lots of pectin (which you need for the jam to set), so it’s bound to set well – no matter how much of an experienced or jam maker you are.

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Homemade Damson Jam

Damson Jam

Damsons make great jam! This is a fool-proof recipe to make the very best Damson Jam. Tart but fruity.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 3 jars


  • 900 g Damsons
  • 900 g Sugar
  • 70 ml Water


  • Pick over the damsons to remove the stalks and wash carefully.
  • Place the damsons in a heavy bottomed pan with the water. Simmer gently until the fruit is soft. Gently press the damsons against the sides oft he pan to break the fruit open and release the stones. Once the fruit has broken down, remove from the heat and remove the damson stones.
  • Once the stones have all been removed, add the sugar and stir well until it is completely dissolved. Return to the hob and bring to the boil and continue a rolling boil for about 10 minutes. Test the jam to check that it has set (see top tip – below).
  • Any stones that you have missed from the jam will rise to the surface. Discard any stones. Remove any fluffy scum from the surface.
  • Pot and seal the jam whilst still hot. Label when the jar is cool.
Keyword Baking, Preserves, Vegan

Top Tip: Making sure your jam sets

Pectin determines how well a jam will set. Different fruits have different levels of pectin which occurs naturally in the fruit. Damsons have a high pectin content so it’s unlikely that you’ll need to add anything else to help it to set. If however, the jam appears runny, add something acidic like lemon juice or shop-bought pectin (find it in most major supermarkets).

Top Tip: How to check if the jam has set

Place a small plate or saucer in the fridge to chill. When you think the jam has reached setting point, take a final test to check. Turn the heat down on the hob to prevent the jam over-boiling and then place a teaspoon of jam onto the cold saucer and allow to cool for a minute. Push the edges of the jam and the surface with your fingertip – if the surface wrinkles, setting point is reached. If the jam is not quite set, bring back to a rolling boil for a minute or so and re-test.

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