13 Ways to Enjoy Stone Fruit

August  7, 2015

If there were ever a glimmer of hope in the dog days of summer, stone fruits would be it. As you trudge through thick humidity and glaring sunlight, the thought of sweet peaches, pluots, nectarines, plums, even cherries—yes, cherries are also a stone fruit—waiting for you at home can inspire you to keep going.

More: Get your hands on stone fruit that will live up to your highest expectations.

Often, the best way to enjoy stone fruit is all by themselves, with the delicious juice dripping down your hands—or in desserts. But we also put them to use in cocktails, salads, and other savory dishes. We're bringing back 18 of our all-time favorite recipes that celebrate the summer harvest that the heat, however unbearable, brings:

Tartines with Ricotta and a Quick Apricot Compote by fiveandspice 

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Savory Plum Tart by JackieK

Crazy-Good No-Temper Chocolate-Dipped Cherries by Alice Medrich

Chocolate-Dipped Cherries on Food52


Whole Oat Groats with Cherries, Plums, Pistachios, and Homemade Almond Milk by fo

Oat Groats on Food52

Cherry Almond Crumb Cake by Yossy Arefi

Cherry Almond Crumb Cake on Food52

Simple Summer Peach Cake by Savour

Simple Summer Peach Cake on Food52


Roasted Cherry Sorbet by EmilyC



Southern Peach Crumble by sarah buttenwieser

Southern Peach Crumble on Food52

Crème Fraîche Plum Cake with Plum Caramel by Sarah Jampel



Honeyed Peach Melba Bellinis by Sandy Smith

Honeyed Peach Melba Bellinis on Food52

Marian Burros' Plum Torte by Merrill Stubbs

Plum Torte on Food52

Deep-Dish Cherry Pie by erinmcdowell



Plum Avocado Summer Salad by Lena S.

Plum Avocado Salad on Food52

Plum Tart by Amanda Hesser

Plum Tart on Food52

Buffalo Mozzarella with Balsamic Glazed Plums, Pine Nuts, and Mint by Brita



Roasted Plums with Vanilla Bean by Merrill Stubbs

Roasted Plums with Vanilla on Food52

Spiced Plum Cobbler by sdebrango

Spiced Plum Cobbler on Food52

Olive Oil Ricotta Cake with Plums by Kenzi Wilbur

Olive Oil Ricotta Cake with Plums 

What's your favorite way to eat stone fruit? Tell us in the comments below!

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Bevi August 7, 2015
Suzanne's Spiced Plum Cobbler is the best. I make them thoughout plum season and the crowds go wild!