We're reaching that point of summer where the days of perfectly ripe, blissfully sweet peaches are limited, so now's the time to stock up and work them into every meal. Arm yourself with these recipes to take advantage of those sweet and juicy summer peaches before it's too late.
Sweet Peach Recipes
These turnovers are at their flakiest and most delicious the day they're baked, which makes them an ideal weekend breakfast treat. But they could also be made ahead to have throughout the week.
Peach cobbler bars are a fun, fresh take on the classic Southern dessert. Complete with a buttery shortbread crust and fresh peach filling, it's summer desert perfection.
This is one of the recipes that's way more than the sum of its parts. There are four simple ingredients that are each pretty good on their own, but when combined together, they create a marvelous and utterly refreshing dessert.
Summer baking sounds like a contradiction, but this quick tart with puff pastry is the perfect compromise on a hot summer day.
Think of this dessert as a cross between a shortcake and a cobbler — warm biscuits; baked right on top of fresh, juicy peaches; topped with a spoonful of whipped cream. When it comes to summer desserts, this is exactly what you need.
You could make these no-bake peach tarts because you can't bear to turn on the oven on a hot summer day. You could make them because you're gluten-free or raw or vegan or paleo or whathaveyou. Or you could make them because the combination of ripe peaches, ginger, and coconut is simply irresistible.
If there's anything better than homemade pie, it's a petite and crusty hand pie that you can claim as your own and nibble at leisure. And if there's anything better than a hand pie, it's one that's filled with jammy summer peaches and just a touch of spicy ginger.
Savory Peach Recipes
This appetizer is mind-blowingly delicious, with sweet summer peaches, creamy goat cheese, and salty proscuitto atop a toasty slice of bread. You don't really even need a recipe to put it together.
Although this version is a bit thicker than a typical Memphis barbecue sauce, the important characteristics are all there: tomato-based, tangy, and sweet from rich pomegranate molasses and fresh peaches.
To give this salad a nice balance of flavors, the peaches are paired with spicy arugula, a light vinaigrette with a touch of tarragon and mustard, salty ricotta salata, and if you like, some crunchy pistachios.
Drink Recipes with Peaches
The fresh peaches and peach brandy really make this sangria seem like summer in a glass.
12. Fresh Peach Soda
This soda tastes exactly how you want it to taste: like peach juice dribbling down your chin, like a fruity Fizzy-Lifting Drink from Willy Wonka's factory, like sunshine in a bottle.
Two of the best parts of summer are ice-cold lemonade and fresh-picked juicy peaches. Combine them, add a little vodka and some sparkling water, and now you've got the third best part: a pitcher cocktail to kick off the weekend.
No matter the occasion, silky-smooth peach-and-thyme purée combined with your favorite sparkling wine is an essential for summer celebrations.
Now this is how summer is done — a refreshing summer drink that combines fresh peach purée with chilled green tea and ginger ale, sweetened with your choice of honey or agave, and topped off with fresh basil and mint.