Peaches, Plums and Pluots! Oh My!
Plums were the very first fruit I took to as a child. I loved their luscious purple color and their juicy sweetness. However, it took me a very long time to warm up to peaches (maybe it was the fuzz), and pluots and apriums…well, I had heard of them. I knew that they are a hybrid of plums and apricots, but until early last week I didn’t even know what one looked like.
Now that I’ve mentioned it, you might also be thinking, “Hmm, I can’t picture a pluot.” Well, I’ve saved you the Google image search. This is a pluot, and they’re quite pretty. Tasty too. The best of both worlds; some of the velvety apricot qualities with the juiciness from the plums.
This stone fruit roundup is dedicated to recipes that feature what I’ve begun thinking of as the forgotten fruits of summer. Everyone is so anxious to bake with plump, juicy berries in the summertime, but I’m betting you could knock some socks off with these recipes.
Blackberry Pluot Fruit Pie via The Culinary Life
Not ready to give up baking with blackberries? Get your fix with this blackberry pluot pie recipe shown above. How pretty is that color? It’s like you can taste the purple.
Plum Vanilla Crumble Bars via House of Brinson
I’m so excited about this recipe, above. Not only do the plum crumble bars look delicious, but Susan Brinson includes a handy guide to plums and buying them. Choose your favorite and go forth!
Pluot Lemon Sorbet and Apricot Ginger Sorbet via Spiced Curiosity
It’s still summer, which means it’s still sorbet season, as seen above, waiting for you to dig in! What could be better than a cool, tart sorbet on a sweltering summer day? You’ll have to scroll down to find the pluot recipe, but why not give the apricot one a try while you’re at it? They do come from the same family, after all.
Plum and Almond Cream Tart via Joanne Eats Well With Others
This tart above just looks like I could eat it forever. I’m a sucker for any sort of almond cookie, which looks like the inspiration for the crust. And we already know how I feel about plums, so this one is a winner for me!
Peach Coconut Banana Bread via Lil’ Lunas
Who doesn’t love a good banana bread? This recipe brings in light, fruity, tropical flavors to make it feel a bit more summery. Save the dense, traditional banana bread for the upcoming autumn months. The juicy peaches really add a new dimension.
Peach Streusel Muffins via Sally’s Baking Addiction
With all the pretty peaches and the streusel topping, these muffins look absolutely divine. All that glaze and crumbly topping…they look messy, but so worth it!
Our Apricot Tart with Almond Crumble seen up top, combines almond paste, sliced almonds and the rich color and flavor of apricots. The almond crust is a great base for your favorite filling, by the way.