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All of Our Best Summer Fruit Desserts

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For some people (okay, for me), the July farmers market generates as much excitement as crippling anxiety. There's just so much there—what to do with all of it?

To help you narrow it down, we've gathered our best summer fruit desserts and organized them by fruit type and involvement level. Got a lot of blueberries and not a lot of time? Scroll down to low-maintenance blueberry recipes.

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And, if worse comes to worst, eating your summer fruit raw—or with a dusting of confectioners' sugar or a drizzle of honey—is still (and always) a very good option.

Strawberries

Low-Maintenance

Strawberry Ice with Condensed Milk and Whipped Cream

Strawberry Ice with Condensed Milk and Whipped Cream by Amanda Hesser

The River Café's Strawberry Sorbet

The River Café's Strawberry Sorbet by Genius Recipes

You can even use frozen berries!

Honey-Lime Strawberries & Lemon-Buttermilk Sherbet
Honey-Lime Strawberries & Lemon-Buttermilk Sherbet

Skip the sherbet and make only the macerated strawberries, if you'd like.

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Nigella Lawson's Very Smart Strawberry Streusel Cake
Nigella Lawson's Very Smart Strawberry Streusel Cake
Strawberry Cake for Mother's Day (and Other Days)

Strawberry Cake for Mother's Day (and Other Days) by drbabs

Roasted Rhubarb and Strawberries

Roasted Rhubarb and Strawberries by Ladystiles

High-Maintenance

Rye Shortcakes with Roasted Strawberries and Rhubarb
Rye Shortcakes with Roasted Strawberries and Rhubarb
Gluten-Free Strawberry Tart Bars
Gluten-Free Strawberry Tart Bars
Fresh Strawberry Tart 2015
Fresh Strawberry Tart 2015

Raspberries

Low-Maintenance

Raspberry-Rhubarb Crumble with Cracklin' Oat Bran Topping
Raspberry-Rhubarb Crumble with Cracklin' Oat Bran Topping

Use whatever slightly-sweet, very crunchy cereal you have, or make a crumble of your own volition.

Brown Butter Raspberries

Brown Butter Raspberries by Amanda Hesser

Raspberry Custard Cups

Raspberry Custard Cups by SLD

High-Maintenance

Black Raspberry Ice Cream
Black Raspberry Ice Cream
1-2-3-4 Cake with Raspberry Buttercream

1-2-3-4 Cake with Raspberry Buttercream by Posie Harwood

Raspberry Swamp Pie

Raspberry Swamp Pie by Amanda Hesser

Blackberries

Low-Maintenance

No-Cook Blackberry-Lemon Ice Cream
No-Cook Blackberry-Lemon Ice Cream
Lemon, Blackberry, and Poppy Seed Ice Cream

Lemon, Blackberry, and Poppy Seed Ice Cream by Ashley Rodriguez

Blackberry Apricot Cobbler

Blackberry Apricot Cobbler by fiveandspice

High-Maintenance

Crème Fraîche Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries and Herbs
Crème Fraîche Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries and Herbs
Blackberry Cornbread Buckle
Blackberry Cornbread Buckle
Pistachio-Blackberry Pie
Pistachio-Blackberry Pie
Oregon Bounty Berry Buckle
Oregon Bounty Berry Buckle
Heda's Mostly Blackberry Pie with Hazelnut Crumb Crust
Heda's Mostly Blackberry Pie with Hazelnut Crumb Crust
Blackberry Rhubarb Pie
Blackberry Rhubarb Pie

Peaches

Low-Maintenance

"Cuppa Cuppa Sticka" Peach and Blueberry Cobbler
"Cuppa Cuppa Sticka" Peach and Blueberry Cobbler
Simple Summer Peach Cake

Simple Summer Peach Cake by Savour

Peaches Poached with Basil

Peaches Poached with Basil by TheRunawaySpoon

Rosemary-Roasted Peaches with Salted Caramel Sauce
Rosemary-Roasted Peaches with Salted Caramel Sauce
Peach and Almond Clafoutis
Peach and Almond Clafoutis
Apricot Fool with Fresh Peaches
Apricot Fool with Fresh Peaches

High-Maintenance

White Peach and Lemon Thyme Galette
White Peach and Lemon Thyme Galette
Wide Lattice Peach Pie with Tarragon Butter
Wide Lattice Peach Pie with Tarragon Butter
Perfect Peach-Blueberry Pandowdy
Perfect Peach-Blueberry Pandowdy
Apricot and Peach Crumb Pie

Apricot and Peach Crumb Pie by Yossy Arefi

Fresh Peach Tartlets

Fresh Peach Tartlets by Merrill Stubbs

Vegan Peach Crumble Coffee Cake

Vegan Peach Crumble Coffee Cake by Gena Hamshaw

Lattice-Top Peach and Blueberry Pie with Rye Crust

Lattice-Top Peach and Blueberry Pie with Rye Crust by Yossy Arefi

Plums

Low-Maintenance

Roasted Plums with Vanilla Bean
Roasted Plums with Vanilla Bean
Marian Burros' Plum Torte

Marian Burros' Plum Torte by Merrill Stubbs

Plum Tart

Plum Tart by Amanda Hesser

Italian or French Plums in Brandied Coffee Syrup
Italian or French Plums in Brandied Coffee Syrup
Spiced Plum Cobbler
Spiced Plum Cobbler

High-Maintenance

Plum and Raspberry Pie
Plum and Raspberry Pie
Plum Galette with a Whole-Wheat Crust
Plum Galette with a Whole-Wheat Crust
Crème Fraîche Plum Cake with Plum Caramel
Crème Fraîche Plum Cake with Plum Caramel

Cherries

Low-Maintenance

Crazy-Good No-Temper Chocolate-Dipped Cherries
Crazy-Good No-Temper Chocolate-Dipped Cherries
Sautéed Cherries with Vanilla Bean

Sautéed Cherries with Vanilla Bean by Alice Medrich

Cherry Brown Sugar Fool with Honey Almonds

Cherry Brown Sugar Fool with Honey Almonds by slulibby

Cherry Clafoutis
Cherry Clafoutis
Roasted Cherry Sorbet
Roasted Cherry Sorbet

High-Maintenance

Oozy Cherries Bread and Butter Pudding
Oozy Cherries Bread and Butter Pudding
Deep-Dish Cherry Pie
Deep-Dish Cherry Pie
Cherry Almond Crumb Cake
Cherry Almond Crumb Cake

Blueberries

Blueberry Schlumpf
Blueberry Schlumpf
Quick Blueberry Jam

Quick Blueberry Jam by Phyllis Grant

Blueberry Grappa Sauce

Blueberry Grappa Sauce by Amanda Hesser

Rice Pudding with Sesame Crumble and Blueberries
Rice Pudding with Sesame Crumble and Blueberries
Brooke Dojny's Blueberry Snack Cake with Toasted Pecan Topping

Brooke Dojny's Blueberry Snack Cake with Toasted Pecan To... by Genius Recipes

Blueberry Fool with Yogurt

Blueberry Fool with Yogurt by Nicholas Day

Blueberry Plum Crumble
Blueberry Plum Crumble

Higher-Maintenance

Rose Levy Beranbaum's Fresh Blueberry Pie
Rose Levy Beranbaum's Fresh Blueberry Pie
Blueberry Galette with Rosemary Crust
Blueberry Galette with Rosemary Crust
Pavlova with Boozy Blueberry Sauce
Pavlova with Boozy Blueberry Sauce
Tahini Cake with Blueberry Swirl
Tahini Cake with Blueberry Swirl
Martha Stewart's Slab Pie
Martha Stewart's Slab Pie
Ricotta Custard Blueberry Tart with Nut Crescent Crust
Ricotta Custard Blueberry Tart with Nut Crescent Crust
Blueberry Cake with Peanut Streusel
Blueberry Cake with Peanut Streusel
Blueberry and Rye Slab Pie
Blueberry and Rye Slab Pie

When you buy beautiful berries (or other precious summer fruits) at the market, what's the first thing you want to make? Tell us in the comments!


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