15 Perfect Plum, Peach, and Pear Desserts for Late Summer
When summer peaches, plums, and pears are ripe and in season, grab an extra bunch or three! These cakes, dumplings, and pies take these late-summer and early autumn fruits to plummy new peaks.
"Make sure to use black plums as they will turn pink when they bake and will look beautiful," says BLONDINI2. "The plums and blueberries can be replaced with peaches. You can also leave out the blueberries which makes a delicious plum cake!"
"A quick, easy, and rich and delicious," says IVY14. "I used a graham cracker crust, so cut down on the peaches slightly to fit."
3. Pears Panos
"Bosc Pears make their own light syrup right on the stove top," says steve. "Add a touch of vanilla and orange liqueur, and you have an autumn dessert that won't weigh you down."
"This plum cake is quite easy and quick to make if you use a food processor," says Lenam. "It can be mixed by hand as well, it just takes a bit more time."
5. Plum Bread
"This is called a bread, but tastes more like a cake," says v monte. "I make this mostly during the holidays. The spices in this cake just lend themselves to eggnog and Christmas smells. The recipe will make 1 bundt cake, 4 small loaves, or 2 medium loaves."
"This light clafouti is a snap to put together and pairs well with ice cream," says hake and eggs.
7. Plum Cake
"This is a great cake for those who find the usual cakes too filling," says Carol. "If this cake stays more than 24 hours, it should be kept refrigerated."
Chef John prefers freestone peaches (to clingstone peaches) and self-rising flour for this cobbler. "There was a time when being called a shoemaker was the ultimate kitchen insult," says Chef John. "It meant that your cooking skills were so weak, the cobbler down the street could have come into the kitchen and done just as well. This beautiful peach cobbler recipe is so easy, any shoemaker could master it." See how it's done!
"This moist cake is a perfect winter dessert when pears are in season," says eatcookdream. "Change it up for other seasons using raspberries, peaches, or apples instead of the pears. Optional garnish: sift confectioners' sugar on top and/or serve with a dollop of whipped cream."
"Zwetschgendatschi is a classic German plum sheet cake from Bavaria - a short crust pastry, topped with Italian plums," says barbara. "It is traditionally served with vanilla sugar-sweetened whipped cream."
"This recipe features the unusual and exotic Chinese five-spice powder," says Chef John. "Peaches are a natural pairing for the aromatic blend of anise, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorns, which usually make up this thousand-year-old spice."
12. Plum Dumplings
"A traditional Macedonian recipe from my great-grandmother," says EMSEV333. "The Italian prune plums needed to make this are only available in late August."
This 5-star recipes uses three kinds of pears: Bartlett, d'Anjou and red pears. It's easier to make than it looks! "Using the Hasselback method on pears makes them even easier to arrange in this delicious fall tart," says Nicholio.
Watch the video to see how to make an intensely flavored jellied candy made with fresh ripe peaches. "This is an old fashioned, handcrafted candy that takes a little time and finesse to pull off," says Chef John. "It's simple and sweet, but looks and tastes like something you're only suppose to enjoy a few times a year."
15. Purple Plum Pie
Here's a new dessert recipe! Be among the first to sample and share this fresh plum pie spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.