What to CookPie

8 Stone Fruit Desserts That Will Not Disappoint You

11 Save

If you like it, save it!

Save and organize all of the stuff you love in one place.

Got it!

If you like something…

Click the heart, it's called favoriting. Favorite the stuff you like.

Got it!

Stone fruit can let you down. These stone fruit desserts cannot.

Whenever I walk by the towers of stone fruit at the market or grocery store, I imagine them all breaking out into "Take a Chance on Me." Because as much as we talk about the magnificent, awe-inducing, practically divine sweetness and juiciness of late-summer stone fruit, the truth is that they're a risky investment.

At their worst, they are mealy, flavorless, or both. And when they are ripe and prime for eating, they're in a truly fragile state: You must coddle them like raw eggs. Bubble wrap is preferred. Try transporting them anywhere (even home from their birthplace) and you chance ending up with a mushy mess.

This is not to say that you should not buy stone fruit, but that turning stone fruit into a dessert—preferably one that's bolstered by butter, flour, sugar, and spices—is a sure-fire way to make it taste really, really good—be it unripe, too ripe, or flavor-lacking.

Start with one of these 8 recipes from fruit dessert expert Yossy Arefi:

Late Summer Trifle


Apricot and Peach Crumb Pie


Peach and Buckwheat Upside-Down Cake with Cardamom


Cherry Almond Crumb Cake


Fresh Apricot Compote with Vanilla Bean


Lattice-Top Peach and Blueberry Pie with Rye Crust


White Peach Tart with Ginger and Lime in a Cornmeal Crust


Whole Wheat Plum Crumb Bars

Photos by Yossy Arefi

Automagic Spring Menu Maker!
Automagic Spring Menu Maker!

Tags: Apricot, Fruit, Peach, Plum, Dessert, Summer, Bake