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