When most people imagine a summer peakThey might think of late nights around the campfire, beach excursions, or spending all day in the swimming pool. When I think of the height of summer, I think of… peaches. And of course my favorite peach recipes! Let’s be real – summer is so much sweeter because of its fruitiness.
There’s just something about ripe peaches that always stops me in my tracks on the produce aisle and leads me to fill my cart with more golden fruit than I could possibly need. With their rich pink color, peaches are delicious ready-to-go snacks. And (when fully ripe), it tastes as good as it looks.
It’s time we take a moment to pay our respects to these seasonal gems. While peaches are delicious on their own, we have some delicious recipes that make the most of them baked, pickled, and grilled, bringing these beauties to a new level. from Pizza to cocktails absintheWe rounded up the best sweet and savory ways to enjoy delicious and refreshing peaches this summer.
Featured image by Michelle Nash.
Our favorite peach recipes for sweetening the season
Why we love it: I never understood the hype about grilled peaches until I tried this recipe. The honey perfectly sweetens these fresh fruits without taking away from their flavour. Top with vanilla ice cream for a summery dessert that’s sure to cool you down in hot weather.
Main ingredient: I love adding some fresh, herbal flavor to my sweet dessert. Sprigs of mint and basil are the perfect pairing.
Why we love it: Any pizza that has a balsamic drizzle goes well with pesto, in my opinion. Adding peaches to the equation makes for a pie that’s lighter in flavor and sweeter without being too sweet. Plus, it’s the perfect dish to serve at any summer gathering.
Main ingredient: Together, balsam and peach are a simple yet powerful pair.
Why we love it: Who doesn’t love a slushie on a hot summer day? Both kids and adults will enjoy this cocktail, which we make with vodka, but can easily be turned into a non-alcoholic treat.
Main ingredient: I love the sweet heat that ginger brings to any recipe.
Why we love it: Fruit chips are another dessert that everyone seems to jump on when the temperatures start to rise. This dish is the perfect middle ground if you love sweet desserts but want to try your hand at incorporating fresh fruit.
Main ingredient: Cinnamon adds a spicy warmth to this summer dessert.
Why we love it: I look forward to enjoying flavors like cinnamon and cardamom in desserts, and this recipe is no exception. This dessert is especially easy, incorporating puff pastry to create light, fluffy layers of dough that complement fresh peaches.
Main ingredient: Cinnamon or cardamom… I can’t decide.
Why we love it: As healthy and delicious as it is, this staple is highly customizable depending on what you’re working with in your pantry and refrigerator. It’s a tasty vegan option that you can enjoy with a little mozzarella and bacon crumbles if you need a little extra kick.
Main ingredient: The spicy pepitas give this salad a little crunch that will leave you wanting more.
Why we love it: Sometimes we all need to indulge, and these acronyms are just the ticket. Finish this buttery cookie with a sprinkling of coarse sugar and slivered almonds for the perfect juxtaposition to the thyme-infused honey peaches.
hero the componentsTop it off with decadent mascarpone whipped cream, and you’re good to go.
Why we love it: You only need 10 ingredients for this delicious crunchy peach. This no-butter recipe contains very little added sugar, making it one of our favorite vegan peach recipes. There are few things as incredible as caramelized fruit covered in a delicious crunch!
Main ingredient: Make your own crunchy topping with some tasty pecans – you won’t regret it.
Why we love it: This is another great, versatile salad that you can customize depending on the season and what you have in your house. It’s a delicious summertime treat that’s just as delicious as it is good for you. You can even add some protein if you like!
Main ingredient: Goat cheese crumbles – need I say more?
Why we love it: Salty, sweet, creamy, and fresh, this flatbread is the perfect way to combine some of the best flavors on planet earth. Peaches mixed with salty and crunchy prosciutto and tangy goat cheese make this next-level delicious. You can’t miss it.
Main ingredient: The crunchy prosciutto is a whole other level of heavenly.
Why we love it: Enjoy a peach filling with this sweet peach sangria. It has a delicious herbal aroma that keeps it from fermenting and adds a bit of aromatic bliss.
Main ingredient: Adding ginger is an unexpected delight!
Why we love it: Peach, bacon and burrata? What can this power not do? And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Foodie Crush added some sourdough toast. Too good to be true!
Main ingredient: Burrata is the creamy dream we needed.
Why we love it: The combination of ginger and peach can’t be covered. It is simple, yet tastes wonderfully complex on the palate. This crumb is easy to make and can be enjoyed with some ice cream or even a drizzle of caramel sauce. Yum!
Main ingredient: Ginger brings it all together.
Why we love it: These decadent crostini are made with grilled ciabatta bread, creamy goat cheese, sweet plums, thyme, honey, walnuts, and fresh basil. Enjoy it as a light lunch or as a starter for a dinner party. Either way, you are sure to get hooked.
Main ingredient: A drizzle of honey cannot be missed.
Why we love it: Gorgeous peaches spiced with cinnamon, brown sugar, and mace make the perfect landing pillow for some gooey brown butter. It’s a caramel delight!
Main ingredient: Brown butter just hits differently.
Why we love it: Sometimes, we want to drink our fruits and vegetables. And this delicious smoothie is the perfect container to get it all with minimal effort. Oh, and did I mention it’s absolutely delicious?
Main ingredient: There’s that pairing of peach and ginger, again!
Why we love it: The Galette is very easy to put together, yet has a rustic chic vibe. I love that this recipe uses two of my favorite stone fruits for a delicious, sweet, and sour dessert.
Main ingredient: Put some fresh whipped cream in there – you won’t regret it.
Why we love it: There’s no better way to make a quick and easy fix on your summer peaches than with this healthy and delicious baked oatmeal recipe. It’s sweet and full of juicy peaches and could serve a crowd. Try to get semi-ripe peaches so they don’t break during the baking process.
Main ingredient: The applesauce adds a sweet creaminess without a lot of added sugar.
Why we love it: This juice bowl is an absolute treat. It’s so easy to make, which is always handy during the morning rush. It’s the best way to up your smoothie game and enjoy a nutritious and satisfying breakfast.
Main ingredient: A little yogurt will make it irresistibly creamy.
Why we love it: There is something so rustic and charming about a peach cake. It is as if you are sitting in the garden of your French chateau while enjoying it. (Hey, we can dream!) It’s just as great for dessert as it is for breakfast the next morning.
Main ingredient: Blueberries and peaches make the perfect pair.
This post was originally published on June 29, 2020, and has since been updated.