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
Savory Plum Tart by JackieK
Crazy-Good No-Temper Chocolate-Dipped Cherries by Alice Medrich
Whole Oat Groats with Cherries, Plums, Pistachios, and Homemade Almond Milk by fo
Cherry Almond Crumb Cake by Yossy Arefi
Simple Summer Peach Cake by Savour
Roasted Cherry Sorbet by EmilyC
Southern Peach Crumble by sarah buttenwieser
Crème Fraîche Plum Cake with Plum Caramel by Sarah Jampel
Honeyed Peach Melba Bellinis by Sandy Smith
Marian Burros' Plum Torte by Merrill Stubbs
Deep-Dish Cherry Pie by erinmcdowell
Plum Avocado Summer Salad by Lena S.
Plum Tart by Amanda Hesser
Buffalo Mozzarella with Balsamic Glazed Plums, Pine Nuts, and Mint by Brita
Roasted Plums with Vanilla Bean by Merrill Stubbs
Spiced Plum Cobbler by sdebrango
Olive Oil Ricotta Cake with Plums by Kenzi Wilbur
What's your favorite way to eat stone fruit? Tell us in the comments below!