Stone fruits are a summer necessity, and though we love to eat a juicy peach or plum right off the tree, we also cook with them every chance we get. There are plenty of options for plum and peach pies, as well as a fantastic cobbler that you could probably even eat for breakfast if you want (we’ll never tell). Or if you want to avoid working on pies in a hot kitchen, try an easy nectarine salad or a refreshing peach ice cream. No matter what you pick, you can’t go wrong with these perfect summer stone fruit recipes.
Grape jelly intensifies the flavor of ripe plums in this sweet-tart summer pie from Drummond Ranch pie contestant Tracy Harris.
Barry Sorkin from Smoque has a bold claim about their peach cobbler. “It’s kind of like a fruit cup. You could almost argue it’s breakfast food if you want.” A roasted almond streusel on top adds a complex nutty complement, and hey, you might as well eat it for breakfast. Get the recipe for Peach Cobbler »
Seared Apricot Ginger Cooler
Unlike other stone fruit, apricots stay quite resilient when ripe and stand up to a quick sear on the grill with aplomb. Once the flesh warms through and its juices bake a bit, the apricot takes on deeper flavors that pair nicely with a spicy bourbon or rye and an equally spicy ginger beer. Swap out apricots for peaches or nectarines as the summer gets on toward the dog days. Get the recipe for Seared Apricot Ginger Cooler »
Peach Ice Cream
Sweet, pale orange ice cream flavored with ripe, juicy peaches simply screams summer.
Preserve summery tomatoes and nectarines with this chunky, vinegary chutney from cookbook author Cathy Barrow. It’s the perfect preserve to serve with a sturdy cheese and crisp crackers.
Apricot Salsa with Mint
Apricots’ ripe acidity lend themselves well to this cooked fruit salsa, simultaneously tangy and sweet.