When you think of peach desserts, your immediate thoughts probably go to desserts like peach cobbler or peaches and cream. However, the world of peach desserts is so much bigger than you could have imagined!
Sweet, juicy peaches are a perfect dessert fruit that is related to other stone fruits like plums, apricots, cherries, and also almonds. With the sweetness of the peach and its watery consistency, it’s easy to use them to make a wide variety of desserts.
So, if you have a lot of peaches you are trying to find uses for, or if you just love peaches and want to find more ways to cook with them, then stick around and we’ll check out our top nine picks for awesome peach desserts you have to try, plus tips on how to choose the right peaches for your recipes when you’re at the supermarket or the farmer’s market!
Fresh Peach Crumb Bars
Similar to a crumble in taste and texture, these buttery crumb bars are loaded with juicy peaches and a sweet cinnamon-sugar syrup that’s all poured over the homemade crust, then the remaining crust mixture is sprinkled over the top before baking. Once they come out of the oven, drizzle with a simple icing mixture and then refrigerate for easy cutting.
3-Ingredient Ginger-Peach Ice Cream Float
A crisp, yet sweet and refreshing dessert, the Ginger-Peach ice cream float consists of three simple ingredients – ginger ale, vanilla ice cream, and peaches. The recipe begins with poaching the peaches lightly in some ginger ale, then layering peaches and ice cream before pouring some ginger ale over the whole thing, creating an effervescent, cool, and sweet and slightly spicy dessert treat.
Put together a crisp with a buttery crumble that is complemented by the salty and nutty flavor of the chopped pecans mixed in with it. Sprinkle the mixture over some juicy peaches in a delicious syrup and bake and you have a delicious dessert that goes great with vanilla ice cream over top while it’s still warm.
Peach Parfait with Graham Cracker Crumble
As you can tell, peaches always pair well with a dessert that has a rich, buttery crumble in it. This luscious peach parfait goes to the next level by putting a different spin on the classic peaches and cream dessert. Incorporate fresh, mashed raspberries with lemon juice and sugar and you’ve got a tangy, yet sweet and creamy dessert that will please many palates.
Peaches and Cream Whiskey Loaf
Speaking of different spins on the peaches and cream dessert, here’s a boozy option that we think you may like as well! This delicious combination of bread and cake comes in sweet with the peaches, yet also has the tang of the whiskey that is balanced out by the simple icing spread on top of the loaf after it’s cooled from baking. Not only is this a great dessert, but it also works in the morning paired with coffee as well.
Peach-Bourbon Upside Down Bundt Cake
Another boozy peach dessert, this version of the classic upside down cake delivers a punch of flavor with either fresh or canned peaches and bourbon, creating a moist, sweet cake in a Bundt pan that enhances the upside down cake’s appearance.
Blueberry Peach Slab Pie
Up the ante by adding blueberries in with your peaches to create this sweet and tangy dessert. This method of making the pie in a sheet pan gives you a bit more crust, but also manages to feed a lot of people with the potential for leftovers, depending on your crowd.
Fried (or Baked) Peach Hand Pies
Make a pie crust or purchase a pre-made one from your local grocery store, cut them into circles that are twice the size of the pie size you want. Spoon in some canned peaches in syrup or make your own syrup and use fresh peaches, then fold the pie crust over and seal with a fork. You can either bake or fry these pies, which can then be held in one hand while eating them for a fun, but delicious dessert, but if you plan to bake them, cut a couple of small slits into the top of each pie before baking.
Peachy Buttermilk Shake
A fun and unique dessert, this variation of a milkshake calls for buttermilk rather than regular milk. The buttermilk gets blended with fresh, sweet peaches to deliver a punch of tangy and sweet flavor in a creamy dessert topped with a few fresh peach slices and a dollop of whipped cream.
How to Pick the Perfect Fresh Peaches
In order to pick the best fresh peaches for your recipes, here are a few tips that you should remember:
- Buy local when possible, because local peaches means less transport, which means they’re less likely to be bruised or over-ripe
- Make sure that the peaches are firm and that the skin isn’t shriveled
- If you can smell the peaches, you know they’re ready
- Make sure there are no bruises or any other damage that you can see
- Peaches should be just a little soft, so give them a light squeeze
- Look for peaches that are vibrant and colorful
- Bigger peaches mean more sugar, making the biggest ones the sweetest ones
Make Some Peach Desserts for Yourself!
We hope that our list of nine awesome peach desserts to try has given you some ideas of how to use all of those peaches you have, or that they give you an excuse to go and buy a bunch of peaches just to make them! We also hope that these desserts have inspired you to look for more recipes or to even create some of your own! Check out your favorite search engine to find even more delectable peach dessert recipes, because the possibilities are endless!