Try these peach recipes that highlight the best of this juicy ripe fruit! Enjoy them all season long, from crumbles and cobblers to drinks.
Got peaches? Peach season is short and sweet: just a few elusive months to cook with this juicy fruit. So when you’ve got ripe peaches, it’s time for action! This beautifully sweet stone fruit is extremely versatile. It works in peach desserts like pie, cobbler and crisps. You can also use it for savory recipes like peach salsa and Caprese salad, and drinks from the Bellini to the peach margarita. Ready to get started!
Here's a star peach recipe: Peach Crumble! This nostalgic dessert is easy to whip up and full of bold flavor. Imagine: a layer of juicy, tender peaches seasoned with vanilla and lemon juice. It’s topped with a golden crumble layer spiced with cinnamon and ginger that’s got just the right amount of crispness and irregular crumble pieces. Top with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and it’s an incredible treat.
Another in the most peach recipes: peach cobbler! Those elusive days where peaches are ripe and juicy makes them all the more special. Why not use them to make an incredible peach cobbler? Imagine: cinnamon-spiced, ripe and tangy peaches, covered in delightfully flaky ricotta biscuits. It’s truly something special.
When it’s the season, you’ve got to seize it: make all the peach recipes! Here’s the recipe we run to often: this fresh Peach Salad. This one is a standout, pairing juicy ripe peaches with a sweet balsamic vinaigrette, punches of creamy goat cheese and nutty toasted almonds. Add pops of sweet corn and savory red onion slivers and it’s a total treat.
Got a load of ripe, juicy peaches? Here’s the ultimate summer treat: this Peach Galette recipe! Imagine, a filling of tender fruit flavored with brown sugar, nutty browned butter and a hint of cinnamon and vanilla. It’s all encased in a flaky, buttery pastry crust. A galette is a rustic tart: the perfect easy alternative to a pie.
Try this homemade Peach Ice Cream recipe! When summer hits, it’s time for all the peach recipes. And what better way to highlight their intoxicating flavor than ice cream? This recipe comes out lusciously creamy, vanilla-scented with chunks of sweet peaches throughout.
At the top of our peach recipes every season is this Peach Crisp! This nostalgic dessert is pure summer bliss. Ripe, juicy peaches star in a vanilla-scented gooey filling that’s covered with just the right ratio of crunchy golden crumbles. Top with a dollop of melty vanilla ice cream and it’s summer dessert heaven.
Got a few ripe peaches on the counter? Try this sweet and tasty Peach Compote! A compote is one of the best ways to use fruit that’s almost overripe, like peaches, berries, apples or pears. Cook the fruit with a little sugar and it reduces down into a glossy, fruity sauce that’s perfect for ice cream, oatmeal, pancakes, and more. Flavored with a bit of cinnamon and vanilla, it’s heaven in every bite.
Here’s a perfect peach recipe for when this juicy fruit collides with the heat of summer: Peach Sorbet! It’s a frosty dessert that accentuates the gentle sweetness of peaches simply with sugar and a pop of lemon juice. Churn it up and it’s the ideal refreshing dessert for a summer evening.
Peach recipes can be savory sweet, too! When peach season rolls around, you've got to make a batch of this peach salsa! The sweetness of the ripe fruit is ideal paired with red onion, jalapeno and cilantro. Use it to top tacos or as a dip for tortilla chips. It's also great with grilled fish.
Got a bunch of ripe peaches and not sure how to use them? Try Peach Juice! It makes a vibrant, sweet and tangy healthy drink, that you won’t want to put down. Or, you can sweeten it to make peach nectar for use in cocktails. We’ll admit, when we think peaches we first think of peach desserts. But peach juice is a fun and healthy way to use this juicy fruit: it’s like simpler spin on a smoothie.
This really is the best peach pie! It's our family's award winning recipe: and man, is it good. The filling is thick and creamy, flavored with sugar and lots of vanilla. Combine that with juicy peaches and a pastry crust and its...well, heavenly.
Here’s the peach smoothie recipe of your dreams! Really. You’ll be blown away by the creamy texture and bright peach flavor, accented with vanilla and cinnamon. It tastes more like a milkshake! But it’s made with healthy ingredients like peaches, banana and Greek yogurt. This one is a huge hit in our house. It’s even good enough to serve as a healthy dessert.
Peaches are perfect in a Caprese salad recipe! Pair them with heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil, and it's a taste treat like none other! Serve it as an appetizer or a side dish. Step it up by using burrata cheese, a rich ball of fresh mozzarella filled with cream.
Here’s a sparkling peach recipe that’s full of beautiful fresh flavor: the Bellini! It's a classic cocktail that comes from Italy. The combination of bubbly Prosecco and sweet peach puree couldn’t be more refreshing! It’s ideal as a signature drink for cocktail hour or for brunch like its cousin the mimosa. (You can also use frozen peaches here, so it works anytime!)
Here’s another best peach recipe: grilled peaches! Throw these sweet, juicy fruits onto the grill and they get caramelized and lightly smoky. Then top them with vanilla ice cream and fresh mint, and it’s one of the best treats on the planet. This is a summer dessert that everyone raves about.
Ready for another peach drink recipe? The peach margarita. This one combines the sweetness of peaches, tart lime, and edge of tequila to make one fantastic cocktail. Even better: it you can use frozen peaches so you can make it any time of year! Not just that short window during peach season. Though, you can use fresh peaches if you have them!
Here’s a cheater’s way to getting a peach pie flavor with none of the effort: this roasted peaches recipe! They take just a few minutes in the broiler, and they taste incredible. Top with melty vanilla ice cream, and it’s one of summer’s best taste treats.
Here's a spin on white sangria, using summer's favorite fruit: peaches! This easy peach sangria recipe is lightly sweet, refreshing, and full of beautiful peaches, raspberries, and fresh mint. The result is lightly sweet and highly drinkable, with a hint of fruitiness.
There are so many uses for this sweet peach puree, an ideal way to use ripe summer peaches. The best use (we think) is for cocktails: bubbly peach bellinis, anyone? But you can use it for anything. Swirl it into yogurt, use it to top waffles or pancakes, or add a little sugar and pour it over ice cream.
Here's the simplest peach dessert recipe: peaches with mint syrup! Make up a batch of syrup with fresh mint, which tastes like pure herby, minty bliss. Add it to local peaches from the farmer’s market and it's beyond stellar. It's like eating the best kind of candy possible.
How to peel peaches
Many of the peach recipes above require peeling peaches. But if you use a vegetable peeler or knife, it can disintegrate into a mushy mess. What’s the secret? A quick pop into boiling water. Here’s our simple method for how to peel peaches:
Boil the peaches for 45 seconds each. You can add them to a pan of boiling water in batches of 2 or 3.
Remove them to a bowl of ice water. Use a slotted spoon to place the peaches into the ice water. This cools them so you can easily handle them.
Remove the peel with your fingers. Use a knife to get it started by making a shallow slice just into the skin. Then use your fingers to pull off the skin in sheets!
You can use this method in the recipes above like peach pie, cobbler, crisp, salsa, and more.
How to ripen peaches
We recommend purchasing peaches during peach season for the best quality! If you start with very hard peaches, you’ll need several days to ripen them. Gently squeeze the peach to see if the flesh is soft. If the peach feels like it’s almost ripe, you can place it on the counter or a window ledge and wait for it to ripen. But here’s how to quickly ripen peaches that feel very firm to the touch:
Place the peaches in a paper bag. Leave space between each peach.
Add a banana inside the bag. The banana emits ethylene gas, which helps the peaches ripen quicker.
Gently fold over the top of the bag. This traps the gasses inside.
Wait for 1 to 4 days, checking the ripeness each day. The time to ripen depends on the type of peach and how ripe it was when you purchased it.
Peel the peaches (or skip if desired): Prepare a medium saucepan of boiling water. Drop 3 peaches into the pot so that the water fully covers them and boil for 45 seconds. Remove the peaches from the water with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a bowl of ice water. Drop in the next batch and repeat. Once the peaches are cooled, use a sharp knife to puncture the skin of the peach, then peel it off in large sheets with your fingers. Repeat until all peaches are peeled.
Make the filling: Slice the peaches. In a medium bowl, mix them with ½ cup of the granulated sugar and the cornstarch, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Then pour the filling into a round 9-inch pie pan, 9 x 9 inch baking dish or 7 x 11 baking dish.
Make the topping: In a medium bowl, mix together the remaining ½ cup sugar and the flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder and kosher salt with a fork. Pour in the melted butter while mixing with the fork until all the butter integrates and a crumbly mixture forms. Use your fingers to sprinkle the crumbles evenly over the peach filling.
Bake: Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until the top is evenly golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Cool for 1 hour, then serve. You can leave it out on the counter for up to 1 day, with a loose cover of foil or a towel to allow for air flow. After 1 day, refrigerate any leftovers. It also freezes well for several months in a sealed container; reheat it in a 350 degree oven until bubbly and the topping is crisp.
*This peach crumble is best with fresh peaches, but in the offseason you can use canned unsweetened peaches (no sugar added).
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More summer fruit desserts
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