Damson cobbler

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
30 mins to 1 hour

Serves 6-8

Rick Stein uses a food processor to whizz together the topping for his sticky damson cobbler – it’s up to the oven to do the hard work.

By Rick Stein

From Rick Stein's Food Heroes


  • 900g/2lb damsons, washed and stalks removed
  • 100g/4oz caster sugar

For the cobbler topping

  • 225g/8oz self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 75g/3oz chilled butter, diced
  • 100g/4oz caster sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 medium egg
  • 100ml/4fl oz buttermilk
  • 15g/1/2oz flaked almonds


  1. Spread the damsons over the base of a 2 litre/3½ pint shallow ovenproof dish and sprinkle with the caster sugar. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.

  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, the 100g/4oz of caster sugar and a pinch of salt into a bowl or a food processor, add the butter and work together until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.

  3. Break the egg into the buttermilk and beat together well. Add to the dry ingredients and mix together lightly into a soft, sticky dough. Drop walnut-sized spoonfuls of the mixture over the top of the damsons, leaving a little space between each one, then sprinkle with the flaked almonds and the remaining 1 tbsp of sugar.

  4. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until golden and bubbling, covering it loosely with a sheet of foil if it is browning a little too quickly. It is done when a skewer, pushed into the middle of the cobbler topping, comes away clean. Leave to cool briefly before serving with some custard, double cream or crème fraîche.

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