How to cook damsons sous vide

How to cook damsons sous vide

How to cook damsons sous vide

by Great British Chefs4 November 2015

How to cook damsons sous vide

Damsons are a subspecies of plum that are normally quite tart and require cooking to remove the astringency. Cooking them sous vide helps retain the shape of the fruit by cooking at a lower temperature.




  • 250g of damsons
  • 100g of sugar
  • 50ml of water
Preheat the water bath to 70°C
Dissolve the sugar in the water by heating it slightly in a small saucepan
Cut the damsons in half and remove the stone
Place the damson halves in a vacuum bag with the syrup and seal under pressure
Place in the preheated water bath and cook for 40 minutes
Remove the damsons from the bag reserving the juices for a sauce


Liqueurs give fruit a great flavour boost; try Amaretto or Frangelico for a subtle nutty flavour.

Infusing the syrup with a little black tea before cooking will give an interesting flavour, as will adding herbs to the bag such as thyme or even tarragon.

Serving suggestions

Adam Gray serves Warm chocolate doughnuts with a damson fool and James Mackenzie makes a damson ripple ice cream to go with his Chocolate, juniper and sloe gin pudding.

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