Lucky for us, now’s the time to get your fill of all stone fruits: peaches, apricots, nectarines, plums and all the fun man-made hybrid derivatives. Ripe for the pickin’, we like to enjoy them straight from the market, but there’s an endless array of recipes begging to be tried this season.
And don’t worry if you find yourself with a surplus; stone fruit are hardy enough for the freezer and perfect for preserves, guaranteed to bring a fresh burst of summer sweetness to your breakfast table months down the line.
What are your favorite ways to enjoy summer’s stone fruit?
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Peach, Prosciutto & Ricotta Crostini
Change up your prosciutto and melon routine with this Peach, Prosciutto and Ricotta Crostini! When salty ribbons of pink prosciutto meet sweet ripe peaches against a mellow ricotta backdrop, your taste buds will cry out to the heavens. Be sure to use the freshest ingredients you can get your hands on for this one.
Grilled Apricot, Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad
Move over, roasted beets! The slight char on these grilled apricots gives a sweet and smoky dimension to this take on a popular goat cheese salad. Give this salad a try at your next dinner party.
Bourbon Pork Tenderloin with Peach Chutney
Lest you think stone fruit can only be enjoyed in desserts, think again. Pork is a natural partner with sweet accompaniments and this peach chutney is a welcome upgrade from the classic, yet expected, applesauce. Try Bourbon Pork Tenderloin with Peach Chutney.
Nectarine-Raspberry Hand Pie
Why is it that individually portioned food is always that much more appetizing? These Nectarine-Raspberry Hand Pies are no exception, bringing a classic comfort food down to an adorable eat-me-now size. The use of frozen puff pastry makes this treat easy enough for weeknight dining.
If you’ve ever wondered about the uses for pluots, those oddly-named orbs usually wedged between the plums and apricots in the produce section, this Pluot Cake is the perfect excuse to try them on for size. The hybrid fruit’s juicy sweetness is highlighted in a simple buttery batter, just waiting to take its place on your next dessert spread.
Rustic Plum and Port Tart
Port is one popular way of rounding out a long evening of wining and dining. Instead of enjoying it separately as a digestif, why not incorporate it into your dessert course in this Rustic Plum and Port Tart, giving ripe plum fruit a deep, nuanced flavor.
Cherry-Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Cherry Sauce
Sure, you can just reach for a pint of Cherry Garcia; but nothing beats homemade! Fresh cherries and cherry preserves stud a vanilla custard ice cream base in Cherry-Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Cherry Sauce, which gets an added kick from a splash of cherry-flavored brandy. We think Kirsch, or cherry liqueur, would also work wonderfully here.
Stone Fruit Butter
Would it surprise you to learn that fruit butters do not, in fact, contain any butter? Named for its butter-like spreadability, fruit butter also does not contain pectin and is a bit less sweet than its jammy cousins. If you’ve already canned your share of traditional jellies and preserves, try these Stone Fruit Butters as a gift giving idea for the coming holiday season.