Damson Cheesecake

by Edward Daniel
Freshly picked tart ripe damsons over a creamy cacao sesame filling on a mulberry pecan biscuit; Damson Cheesecake.

Freshly picked tart ripe damsons over a creamy cacao sesame filling on a mulberry pecan biscuit; Damson Cheesecake.

Take a spoon of lushness and let it slide down your throat. And, bliss out.

This dish will tear away any doubts that vegan food can’t be super yummy.

Make this:

  • When it’s hot outside, and want an alfresco dinner party and need a dessert that’ll get your guests chomping at the bits
  • When your neighbours have invited you over for a nosh and you’ve been tasked to bring a swanky dessert that’ll get them knocking down your door for the recipe
  • When you’ve had a hedgerow forage of damsons on your country walk and return home to rustle up a hearted yet scrumptious dessert

Damson Cheesecake was inspired when picking delicious ripe Damsons from Sadeh Farm in Kent learning regenerative land practices. Now, I pick up from a friend’s farm in Cornwall each year, standing on a ladder to freshly pluck clusters of juicy damsons.

Damsons are purplish-blue, oval shaped and ripen towards the end of summer and early autumn.  It is high in dietary fibre, key to help good digestion.

Damson Cheesecake is vegan, paleo, raw and gluten-free.

What to do next

Tag me on @ethiveganquantum on Instagram to show me what you’ve made and let me know you’re happy for me to share.

My recipes are featured in vegan speciality publications: Nourished, Vegan Life, Plant Based and Vegan, Food and Living.

Order my first self-published book, “Essence: The Beginner’s Guide to Veganism” part of the three-part Circle of Food series. My second book “Presence: The Ascending Vegan” – which explores how to maintain a vegan practice is out in 2027 – I have compiled all the chapters including recipes.

Going strong since 2013.


Edward x

Freshly picked tart ripe damsons over a creamy cacao sesame filling on a mulberry pecan biscuit; Damson Cheesecake.
Serves: 6 Prep Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • Topping
  • 300g damsons
  • 75g raw unrefined cane sugar
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum
  • Pinch of salt
  • Filling
  • 5g Irish Moss
  • 250ml filtered water
  • 100g sesame seeds
  • 100g almonds, blanched
  • 75g xylitol
  • 60g cacao butter
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ lime juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • For base
  • 50g mulberries
  • 85g currants
  • 75g coconut desiccated
  • 75g pecans


  1. In a high-speed food processor mix together the mulberries, currants, coconut, and pecan until it forms a gelled consistency.
  2. Place the tart shells on top of acetate paper on a baking tray. Cut the acetate paper so that it can go round the edge of the tart shells. If you don’t have tart shells, use a cake tin with a loose bottom – which line with parchment paper and parchment paper round the sides.
  3. Use your hands and pat to form a biscuit. Repeat with each tart shell. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Make the filling by soaking the Irish Moss in 150ml water and set aside overnight. Soak the almonds in the remaining 100ml water and set aside overnight too.
  5. In a high-speed blender and blend the sesame seeds, almonds and xylitol until fine. Add in the Irish Moss. Continue to blend.
  6. Melt the cacao butter over a bain-marie (i.e. in a glass bowl over a saucepan full of water) until the butter melts. Pour into the blender with the sesame seed filling.
  7. Add in the vanilla extract, juice and salt. Combine.
  8. Transfer the filling into a large mixing bowl and then spoon the filling on top of the biscuit. Place the cheesecake the freezer for at least a couple of hours.
  9. Deseed the damsons. Make the topping by using a dough hook on a food mixer whizzing together the damsons, sugar and xanthan gum. Spoon over the cheesecake. Return to the freezer for at least a couple of hours or until ready to serve.
  10. When serving remove the acetate paper (you can reuse the acetate paper again) and serve on some dinky plates.


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Naeema 25 January 2018 - 12:58

I LOVE damsons!!!

Edward Daniel 7 February 2018 - 07:26

Me too!Love x


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