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8 Stone Fruit Desserts That Will Not Disappoint You

August 28, 2015

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.

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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

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Sarah Jampel

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A (former) student of English, a lover of raisins, a user of comma splices. My spirit animal is an eggplant. I'm probably the person who picked all of the cookie dough out of the cookie dough ice cream. For that, I'm sorry.

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Cheri M. September 2, 2015
The apricot compote is amazing I served some it smelt gorgeous then kept the rest it in a tub in the fridge & popped it on yoghurt, ice cream, breakfast oats, you could even top a good bread with it!.............need to get some more if I can find them
 
nancy E. August 29, 2015
I think bella would like the apricot and peach crumb pie.
 
Heather |. August 28, 2015
hah now whenever i see stone fruit i'll break into abba songs. i like to get plums/nectarines/etc at the farmers market from stands that have samples- it's not a guarantee that the fruit will be good, but it makes me feel more confident in it.
 
Ryan M. August 28, 2015
All of these sound so delicious...I think that I will start with the plum crumble though.
 
Bella B. August 28, 2015
I think I would love the apricot and peach crumb pie!

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Bella B. August 28, 2015
I think I would love the apricot and peach crumb pie!

http://xoxobella.com
 
Bella B. August 28, 2015
I think I would love the apricot and peach crumb pie!

http://xoxobella.com
 
Bella B. August 28, 2015
I think I would love the apricot and peach crumb pie!

http://xoxobella.com
 
Bella B. August 28, 2015
I think I would love the apricot and peach crumb pie!

http://xoxobella.com