I eat a lot of fruit. So you’d think it would be hard to pick a favorite, but it’s not even close. Peaches, hands down.

I love everything about them — how the juice runs everywhere when you bite into them, the mix of sweet and tart flavor, the way they scream summer, even the fuzzy skin. They can be used for desserts or savory dishes, too.

Now is the time to eat and cook them, while they’re fresh and in season. I’ve gathered seven recipes from our archives to help you do just that:


(Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

Buttermilk Sheet Cake With Peaches and BlueberriesHere’s a recipe hot off the virtual press, from our Bring It columnist Cathy Barrow. This tender, flavorful cake is a perfect complement to the fruit, which adorns the top. (For the record, I could not stop cutting off pieces after we photographed what you see here. It’s just that good.)



(Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

Fresh Summer Peach Salad. I’m willing to wager this is unlike any other peach salad you’ve had before. Thai basil, Thai chiles and crushed peanuts bring appealing savory notes, with the peach, watermelon, mango and mint keeping things bright and summery. You’ll keep going back for more.



(Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

Peach Ice Cream With Amaretti and GingerYou better believe I wasn’t going to leave out this recipe I developed for my recently published homemade ice cream guide. Getting peach to come through in ice cream can be tricky, but cooking them down and combining them with freeze-dried peaches was the answer. Amaretti (Italian almond cookies) go particularly well with the fruit’s delicate, floral aroma.



(Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post)

Baked Chicken Breasts With PeachesHere’s a one-pan dinner that takes a ubiquitous protein and gives it a flavorful, summery makeover.



(Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)

Light Peach CobblerThis dessert is vegan and gluten-free, and a creative use of dates helps sweeten and bring together the topping. Adjust the amount of cinnamon to suit your taste.



(Dudley M. Brooks/The Washington Post)

Peach Fruit Leathers. Meet the perfect way to use up the fruit you overbought at the farmers market. Kids will especially love this snack, which is, of course, miles above those store-bought fruit roll-ups.



(Greg Powers for The Washington Post; food styling by Kara Elder for The Washington Post)

Bourbon Peach ShakesThis grown-up shake triples down on the peach, in the form of ice cream, fresh fruit and bitters. We got this heat thing covered.

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How to create the ice cream of your dreams

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A week’s worth of dishes to make in your vacation rental this summer