Juicy Peach Desserts

In Season,Summer
July 29, 2011

In the summer when peaches are at their juicy best, a perfect dessert is only a few ingredients away.

Peach Shortcake
Mark Boughton Photography / styling: Teresa Blackburn
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“You don’t like my peaches, baby / don’t you shake my tree,” goes the old blues standard, but everyone sings the praises of this juicy, voluptuous fruit during peach season.

Undoubtedly the best way to eat a ripe peach is standing over the kitchen sink with the juices running down your arms. But when you have guests and a bit more decorum is in order, slice them, toss with sugar and spices, and tuck inside a shortcake or under a crunchy brown sugar topping … or both. If shortcake isn’t your favorite,  no worries. We’ve got plenty of peachy keen desserts to try.

—By Crescent Dragonwagon

Peach Cornmeal Cobbler

Peach Cornmeal Cobbler

The cornmeal crust and sprinkling of almonds add texture and flavor to this extraordinary peach cobbler.

Peach Shortcake

Peach Shortcake

One of summer's delights, peach shortcake is everyone's favorite.

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Amaretto Peach Cobbler

Almond-scented sweet peaches with a buttery pastry crust.

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Broiled Peach Halves with Vanilla and Black Peppercorns

Pepper-accented peaches can go either sweet or savory.

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Canned Peaches with Bourbon

A ripe peach canned in a slightly sweet syrup is just wonderful, especially in the spring when stone fruit is still months away.

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Peach Crostata

A crostata is an Italian free-form dessert tart—shape it any way you want.

Creamy Rice Pudding with Peaches

Creamy Rice Pudding with Peaches

Juicy mashed summer peaches are perfect with the sweet vanilla pudding, made with starchy Arborio rice.

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