Every summer we get a delivery of 50 pounds of peaches! Check out this collection of peach recipes for fresh inspiration for enjoying one of summer’s best fruits both now and later! Peaches at breakfast, in sweet treats, tasty drinks, and preserved to be enjoyed the rest of the year too!
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Summer is the absolute best season for enjoying the freshest and most flavorful produce. We grow a lot of vegetables in our own garden, but we also try to take advantage of seasonal foods at nearby farms and markets.
This is also the second summer in a row we ordered peaches from The Peach Truck. We were so happy with our order last year, that I went ahead and ordered another 50 pounds of peaches. In the last couple of weeks, we have been relishing the juicy sweet fruit almost every day, as well as working to preserve it so that we can enjoy our peaches the rest of the year too.
I have been sharing what I’ve been making with the peaches on Instagram (I share so much there!) and y’all have been asking for recipes and ideas AND I FINALLY HAVE IT READY!
Scroll down through this list to see ideas for enjoying fresh summer peaches now and ideas for preserving the peaches too. Be sure to save this post for future reference, and check out the list of additional ideas at the bottom of this post for making the most of this delicious season!
Peach Recipes to Enjoy Summer Peaches Now & Later
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Fresh Peaches, Drizzle of Honey, Homemade Yogurt
This is hands-down one of my favorite ways to eat a summer peach and I look forward to it every year. (We make yogurt in the Instant Pot, and it definitely takes it up a notch)
Peach Ice Tea
This iced tea is so refreshing and just barely sweet with a subtle peach flavor. If you are familiar with Honest Tea, it tastes like their peach tea (a personal favorite).
Directions: (1) In a half-gallon drink container, brew 2 black tea bags in 4 cups of hot water. Steep for 15 minutes, then remove the tea bags. (2) Blend 2 peeled peaches with 1 cup of water in a blender. Pour into the container with tea. (3) Combine about a half cup of hot water with 1/4 cup of sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add to the peach tea mixture. (4) Top with cold water until the half-gallon container is filled up.
My electric tea kettle is one of our most used appliances and makes quick work of making tea! Newman’s Own Organic Black Tea is our favorite for iced tea, both like this, and made nice and strong in the Instant Pot.
I also am using my 1/2 cup Souper Cubes tray to freeze peach puree for Peach Iced Tea later on when we don’t have fresh peaches. For a half-gallon batch of tea, I will use 3 cubes of puree (1 1/2 cups). You can use my code THISPILGRIMLIFE10 to get 10% off orders from Souper Cubes. I have several trays in different sizes and consider them one of the most useful tools for saving and preserving food in my kitchen!
Upside Down Peach Cake in the Instant Pot
I love the simplicity of this Upside Down Peach Cake. It’s small, light, and perfect for a breakfast or brunch. We like to eat it with lightly sweetened yogurt or whipped cream.
This recipe uses a 7″ tube pan and cooks the cake in the Instant Pot. I also use this pan for the Maple Monkey Bread in my cookbook.
Simple Peach Cobbler & Ice Cream
This peach cobbler reminds me of one of my favorite desserts as a child. My mom would make a similar version of peach cobbler and the whole house would smell amazing. It’s perfectly simple and perfectly delicious.
Directions: Stir together in a rectangular baking dish: 8-10 sliced peaches (if using fresh, I don’t peel them), 1/4 cup honey, 2 tbsp lemon juice, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. In a small mixing bowl, stir together one bag of yellow cake mix and one stick of melted butter (8 tbsp) until the two ingredients are well-incorporated and the mixture resembles wet sand without dry mix remaining. Top the peach mixture with the cake mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until the topping is golden brown.
Serve with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream!
For these milkshakes (just as good as CFA!), I blended a half gallon of homemade maple vanilla ice cream, 3-4 sliced peaches, and enough milk to get the right consistency. We topped the milkshakes with whipped cream and maraschino cherries. SO GOOD! (I’m freezing peach slices so we can make more peach milkshakes later this year).
Peach & Blueberry Trifle
I saw a version of this dessert in the cookbook, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars, but since I didn’t have many of the ingredients called for in the recipe, I just kind of made my own with what we had on hand.
Bottom layer: crushed cookies. (we used the last of Trader Joe’s cinnamon alphabet cookies)
Second later: sliced peaches, browned in a pan with butter and honey
Third layer: 2 cups whipped cream with 1 cup melted white chocolate folded in
Top layer: blueberries
Enjoy immediately, or chill for later. Best enjoyed the same day.
(Also pictured: peach ice tea, simple summer pasta salad, &
SAVE FOR LATER
Canning Peaches in Light Syrup
We love opening a jar of peaches in the fall or winter to eat with our meal or use in peach cobbler. Canning peaches is a very easy process (great for kids to help with before the canning part). I use A Modern Homestead’s instructions for canning in a light honey syrup.
If you want to see an overview of the entire canning process for peaches, I shared a reel on Instagram. You can quickly see each step and know exactly what is involved in the process.
Peaches & Yogurt Popsicles
Popsicles could definitely go in the “enjoy now” or “save for later” categories. I’m trying to save at least on batch of these popsicles for when we don’t have fresh peaches on hand, but my kids are devouring them, so I might not be able to!
Combine in a blender: 4 ripe peaches (I left them peeled), 1 cup yogurt (I used plain homemade), 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1/4 cup maple syrup. Blend until smooth, then pour into popsicle molds.
(I love our popsicle mold because it makes 10 popsicles at a time, and instead of the kids needing to bring back any part of the mold after eating their popsicle, all they have left is a wooden stick they can just toss in the trash can).
Freezing in slices
I sliced the peaches (unpeeled) and froze them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Once the peaches were frozen, I transferred them to a freezer bag. Freezing them first on a baking sheet where the slices are not touching helps to prevent them from freezing together in a clump.
I plan to use the frozen slices for milkshakes, ice cream, sorbet, etc.
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