Sure, you can probably find a peach at the grocery store year-round. But it’s probably not very good—it lacks flavor, is likely a little mealy, and certainly not juicy. Grab a sweet Georgia peach when they’re in season during June and your life will change for the better, bite by bite. (Even if you don’t live down South, you’ll probably be able to find some good ones during the summer). These recipes—all 30 of them—make the most of summer’s gems in cakes, cobblers, ice cream, and a few refreshing beverages (some boozy, some not) to wash it all down. What are you waiting for? Life’s a peach!
Instead of topping juicy peaches with biscuits or a brown sugar crumble, the fruit is encased with a moist cake batter. I’m not complaining, are you?
Summer recipes should be low effort, quick to prepare, and highlight some of the season’s best produce. This unfussy cake packed with juicy stone fruit certainly fits the bill.
3. Peach Tart
This peach-packed tart is so good that we once wrote an entire article about its biggest fan (looking at you Rob!). Amanda’s recipe has developed somewhat of a cult following over the years, thanks to its almondy, crumbly crust and juicy peach filling.
This cake is a serious summer showstopper. It’s basically a deconstructed—and then reconstructed—peach cobbler in the form of an eight (count ‘em, eight!) layer cake. It features an extra clumpy streusel made with all-purpose flour, light brown sugar, old-fashioned oats, ground cinnamon, and butter.
Dig into this rustic dessert that’s equal parts bread pudding, peach pie, and your favorite flaky, buttery biscuits.
We love every single recipe from Jason Schreiber’s cookbook, Fruit Cake, but this peach and almond one might just be our favorite.
After grilling burgers, vegetable kebabs, and corn on the cob, leave it on a little while longer for these grilled peaches—they’re brushed with just a little bit of butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon for those warming flavors that we love so much.
One cup of ricotta cheese makes this peaches and cream cake so intensely fluffy.
No ice cream maker needed here! The fat from tangy sour cream naturally adds body to the ice cream, sans churning. Simply blend together the sour cream with sugar, peaches, and lemon juice in a food processor until everything is combined; serve as is, or freeze for a firmer texture.
Rather than making one large tart, these mini ones are a fun summer surprise. While making nearly a dozen individual tarts might seem like a feat, I promise this recipe is easy as pie.
Anything Ruth Rogers touches turns to gold—or, in this case, a pale peach hue that I’d like to nickname “dreamsicle.” All you need to make this refreshing vegan dessert is three ingredients: peaches, a large lemon, and superfine sugar.
We love an open-faced pie or tart like this one because you can actually see the bevy of beautiful fruit waiting for you on the inside. Here, you’ll see a vibrant array of fresh raspberries and peach slices scattered across a ginger cookie crumb crust.
Instead of cold butter, we turn to coconut oil to create a crumbly streusel topping for this vegan dessert. After all, what’s a coffee cake without large chunks of sweet and spiced crumbles on top?
Here’s a reason to get out of bed: amp up classic cinnamon buns with homemade peach butter (this recipe calls for 1½ pounds of fresh peaches, so a great one to make after an overzealous farmer’s market haul). It also includes sugar, honey, vanilla bean, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and vinegar.
When it comes to summer salads, you probably think of peach salads or tomato salads—but not a hybrid salad. This “better together” seasonal spread is dressed simply with good-quality olive oil and vinegar.
Instead of a traditional pie crust, we love this naturally gluten-free use of a whipped coconut meringue filled with stewed peaches.
Not only does this peach pie look so beautiful and summery; there are practical prep benefits too. “Clusters of baked tiny “flowers” made from pie crust make it pretty, but also add a nice crunch without the fuss of a double crust,” writes recipe developer Erin Jeanne McDowell.
You can top pavlovas with nearly any in-season fruit, but come summer, we’re all about juicy peaches. Keep in mind that summer months are generally more humid, which means your pavlova will be softer, rather than crispy.
Peaches aren’t just reserved for sweet treats. We love how they work in tandem with pork for savory cabbage rolls that’ll feed one hungry group.
This four-ingredient sorbet calls for buttermilk, sugar, peach preserves, andfresh peach slices (because why would we limit the flavor to just one variety)?
Barbecue sauce doesn’t just need honey or brown sugar for sweetness. “Here, peach juice and apple cider vinegar provide the acid while molasses, brown sugar, and bourbon round out the sweetness,” writes recipe developer Ali Slagle.
This is no ordinary fruit salad. Thinly sliced peaches are tossed with a salty (in a good way!) anchovy dressing.
23. Peachy Macarons
How cute are these peach-inspired macarons? They’re not only shaped like peaches—they’re flavored like them too!
“Peaches. Cream. Caramel. Need I say more? This dense, chewy cake has all the flavors I want in late summer,” writes recipe developer Sohla El-Waylly. We couldn’t agree more. Seconds, anyone?
Peach and bourbon go together like peanut butter and jelly, and Earl Grey tea adds a depth of floral, slightly citrusy flavor to this cocktail.
I’m not even thirsty, and yet I know this fruity spritzer will quench my thirst and taste oh, so refreshing for summer.
Whiskey and peaches go together like peaches and cream (only better).
Cool off on a sweltering summer’s day with this boozy, slushy-like beverage.
29. White Sangria
Sangria is really a blank canvas for any fruits and vegetables, but peaches are a naturally delicious fit for white wine-based sangria.
Your new favorite margarita recipe for summer! It uses homemade smoked peach juice, which you can make by caramelizing sugared peaches on a grill, then blended into a smooth purée.
What’s your favorite way to cook or bake with peaches? Let us know in the comments below!