When most people think of the height of summer, they might think of spending late nights around the campfire, taking trips to the beach, or spending all day at the pool. When I think of the height of summer, I think of peaches. And of course, my favorite peach recipe too! Truth be told, summer is so much sweeter thanks to fruits.
There’s something about ripe peaches that always stops me at the produce counter and fills my cart with more golden fruit than I need. A rich, rosy peach is a ready-to-eat sensual snack. And (when fully ripe) they taste as good as they look.
Now is the time to pay homage to these seasonal gems. Peaches are delicious on their own, but here are some delicious recipes that can be baked, blended, or grilled to take their beauty to new levels. From pizza to cocktails to shoe stores, we’ve rounded up sweet and savory ways to enjoy juicy, crisp peaches this summer.
Featured image by Michelle Nash.
Popular peach recipe that colors the season
Baked peach with honey
Why we love it: I never really understood the hype surrounding baked peaches until I tried this recipe. Honey perfectly sweetens without detracting from the flavor elements of the fresh fruit itself. If you top it with vanilla ice cream, it will be a cool summer dessert in the hot season.
Hero Ingredients: I love adding fresh herbal flavors to sweet desserts. A sprig of mint and basil is a perfect combination.
Peach, pesto and balsamic pizza
Why we love it: In my opinion, any pizza featuring a drizzle of balsamic goes well with pesto. Adding peaches to the equation creates a pie with a lighter flavor and a sweeter side, rather than a dessert. Plus, it’s the perfect dish for summer gatherings.
Hero Ingredients: The combination of balsamic and peach is a simple yet statement combination.
Peach, ginger and mint slash
Why we love it: Who doesn’t like slush on a hot summer day? Made with vodka, this cocktail is fun for kids and adults alike, but can easily be turned into a non-alcoholic snack.
Hero Ingredients: I love the subtle sweet spiciness that ginger brings to any recipe.
Summerstone fruit crisps with cinnamon crumble
Why we love it: Fruit crisps are also a dessert that everyone is likely to jump on when the temperature starts to rise. This dish is perfect for those who like sweet desserts but want to incorporate fresh fruit.
Hero Ingredients: Cinnamon adds spicy warmth to this summery dessert.
Sales of spiced peaches
Why we love it: I enjoy enjoying flavors like cinnamon and cardamom in desserts and this recipe is no exception. This dessert is particularly easy, incorporating puff pastry to create a light, flaky layer of dough that complements the fresh peaches.
Hero Ingredients: Cinnamon or cardamom… I can’t decide.
Grilled Peach and Asparagus Salad with Spicy Pepitas
Why we love it: As healthy as it is delicious, this lunchtime staple is highly customizable depending on what’s in your pantry or fridge. A delicious plant-based option that can also be spiced up with a touch of mozzarella and crumbled bacon if you want a little more punch.
Hero Ingredients: The spicy pepita gives this salad a tangy crunch that makes you want more.
Why we love it: Sometimes, when you want to indulge, this shortcake is just the ticket. Top off this buttery biscuit with a dusting of raw sugar and flaky almonds and pair perfectly with the thyme-infused honey peaches.
Hero material: Top with luxurious whipped mascarpone cream to complete.
Why we love it: Only 10 ingredients are needed to make these delicious peach crisps. This butter-free recipe has very little added sugar, making it one of our favorite vegan peach recipes. There’s nothing quite like caramelized, bubbly fruit topped with crunchy crisps.
Hero Ingredients: Make your own crispy topping with delicious pecan nuts. You won’t regret it.
Why we love it: This is another versatile salad that you can customize according to the season and what you have at home. It’s not only delicious but also good for your body, it’s a perfect summer snack. You can also add protein if you want.
Hero Ingredients: Goat cheese crumbles – need I say more?
Why we love it: This salty, sweet, creamy, fresh flatbread is the perfect way to combine some of the best flavors on the planet. The combination of peaches, crispy salty prosciutto and tangy goat cheese brings the taste to the next level. You can’t miss it.
Hero Ingredients: Crispy dry-cured ham is another dimension of deliciousness.
Why we love it: Enjoy peach tipsy with sweet peach sangria. It features a delicious herbal flavor that reduces stickiness and adds a touch of aromatic bliss.
Hero Ingredients: Surprisingly delicious with the addition of ginger!
Why we love it: Peaches, bacon, and burrata? What can’t this salad do? And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Foodie Crush added sourdough croutons. Incredibly good!
Hero Ingredients: Burrata is the creamy dream we need.
Why we love it: The combination of ginger and peach cannot be topped. It’s simple, but when you put it in your mouth, it’s surprisingly complex. This crumble is easy to make and can be enjoyed with ice cream or caramel sauce. Hmmm!
Hero Ingredients: Ginger brings it all together.
Why we love it: These indulgent crostini are made with grilled ciabatta bread and creamy goat cheese, sweet peaches, thyme, honey, walnuts and fresh basil. Enjoy as an appetizer for a light lunch or dinner party. Either way, it’s sure to get you hooked.
Hero Ingredients: You can’t miss the honey drizzle.
Why we love it: Gorgeous peaches soaked in cinnamon, brown sugar and mace make a perfect grounding for gooey brown butter. The caramel flavor is delicious!
Hero Ingredients: Brown butter just makes a different impression.
Why we love it: Sometimes we want to eat fruits and vegetables. This delicious smoothie is the perfect container to get it all done with minimal effort. Oh and did I mention it was absolutely delicious?
Hero Ingredients: The combination of ginger and peach is back!
Why we love it: Galettes are easy to make, yet have a chic, rustic elegance. I love how this recipe uses two of my favorite stone fruits to create a sweet and sour dessert that is truly divine.
Hero Ingredients: Please put a little fresh cream on it. You won’t regret it.
Why we love it: There’s no better, quicker and easier way to take advantage of summer peaches than with a healthy and delicious baked oatmeal recipe. There are plenty of sweet and juicy peaches in it, so you can eat it with a large group. Try to use half-ripe peaches so they don’t fall apart while baking.
Hero Ingredients: Applesauce adds sweet creaminess without any added sugar.
Why we love it: This smoothie bowl is really delicious. It’s very easy to make, so it’s helpful when you’re busy in the morning. A great way to level up your smoothie game and enjoy a nutritious and satisfying breakfast.
Hero Ingredients: A little yogurt makes it irresistibly creamy.
Why we love it: There is something so earthy and charming about peach cake. It feels like you are sitting in the garden of a French castle and enjoying yourself. (Hey, we can dream!) A dessert that’s just as great as breakfast the next morning.
Hero Ingredients: Blueberries and peaches are a perfect combination.
This post was originally published on June 29, 2020 and has since been updated.