Gallery: 12 Fresh Plum Desserts for Summer

Plum-Cornmeal Cake with Plum Sorbet
Plum-Cornmeal Cake with Plum Sorbet

Fruit that's too bright or sweet would overwhelm the flavor of this rustic cornmeal cake, but ripe plums are an excellent complement: not too sweet, not too tart.

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[Photograph: Sheri Giblin]

30-Minute Skillet Plum Cake
30-Minute Skillet Plum Cake

One of our favorite ways to gussy up a simple snack cake is by nestling cut-up fruit into the batter just before baking; the plums form an almost jam-like topping in this skillet version.

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[Photograph: Maria del Mar Sacasa]

Chocolate Cardamom Plums Clafoutis
Chocolate Cardamom Plums Clafoutis

A touch of cardamom adds warmth to an unorthodox spin on clafoutis, usually seen with cherries in a vanilla batter. Use slightly firmer plums than you would eat out of hand so the fruit's texture doesn't get lost after it cooks.

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[Photograph: Shulie Madnick]

Roasted Plum, Ginger, and Honey Ice Cream
Roasted Plum, Ginger, and Honey Ice Cream

I'm loath to turn my oven on at this time of year, but the promise of caramel-sticky roasted plums swirled into ginger-spiked cream always manages to convince me—ice cream later is worth a little extra sweat right now.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Plum Sorbet
Plum Sorbet

Uncluttered plum sorbet would be the perfect finish to a simple grilled summer meal. Best eaten outdoors, on a warm night, quickly.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Peach and Plum Pie
Peach and Plum Pie

There are many great intersections in this world: Haight and Ashbury, hip-hop and R&B, Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen. Still, the brief intersection of peach and plum seasons rises above the rest, and deserves to be showcased in pie form.

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[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Plum Meringue Pie
Plum Meringue Pie

Billowy meringue perfectly complements the slight acidity of silky plum curd, and the stark white topping against the rich indigo filling is visually stunning to boot.

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[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Vanilla Plum Crumble Pie
Vanilla Plum Crumble Pie

This pie-crisp hybrid's merits are twofold: swapping a top crust for a buttery brown sugar crumb topping is easier (half as much dough-rolling and -draping) and more delicious (re: butter, brown sugar).

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[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Puff Pastry Plum Tarts
Puff Pastry Plum Tarts

The best summer fruit desserts are the ones that allow the fruit to speak for itself. With only six ingredients (butter, flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and the best plums you can find), these puff pastry tarts accomplish just that.

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[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Simple Jam Tart
Simple Jam Tart

Using both jam and barely-cooked fresh fruit provides lovely textural contrast in this simple tart. Ripe plums would pair beautifully with raspberry jam, but the possibilities here are endless.

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[Photograph: Lucy Baker]

Summer Fruit Panzanella
Summer Fruit Panzanella

Let's not kid ourselves: toasted croissant cubes tossed in butter and sugar really should be classified as dessert. Then again…croissants are for breakfast, and fresh fruit is for breakfast, so if you combine the two, what do you get? Totally breakfast (right?)!

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios-Mullins]

Pluma Moos (Fresh Fruit Mousse)
Pluma Moos (Fresh Fruit Mousse)

A fresh fruit-based take on a classic Midwestern dessert, pluma moos is gently spiced and lightly textured. Serve in individual cups (or mini mason jars if you're feeling extra-twee) and top with whipped cream and more fruit.

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[Photograph: Pam Parrella]