We can't help but get excited as we start to see fresh fruit in our local farmers' markets. Rhubarb...strawberries...and soon, more! We'll happily serve summer's abundance in a fruit salad, but if you're looking to craft something a bit more ambitious, you'll want some recipes for inspiration. These 5 cookbooks are treasure troves of fruit-filled desserts, from classic pies and tarts to more unusual options.
Pure Dessert by Alice Medrich
"This entire book is filled with lovely desserts, but I especially love the chapter dedicated to fruit. The recipes really respect the flavor of the fruit—they're not too muddled by sugar or other ingredients. The rustic plum tart is just what you want in a summer sweet: simple, delicious, and easy to tailor to whatever fruit is most ripe. The lemon bars are nice and tart and even the dried fruit and nut cake has depth of flavor and real fruitiness. Plus she got me to bust out my ice cream machine, which is no easy feat."—Carrie Vasios, Sweets Editor
Seasonal Fruit Desserts: From Orchard, Farm, and Market by Deborah Madison
"If you love the idea of keeping it seasonal when it comes to dessert, but get stumped beyond your basic strawberry shortcake or blueberry pie, Seasonal Fruit Desserts by Deborah Madison is for you. The recipes are reverent to what fruit tastes best at any given time of year, and the simple recipes let the seasonal stars shine. Some standout recipes? Hazelnut-stuffed peaches, winter squash cake with dates, and strawberries in red wine syrup. A perfect companion to the CSA or just to challenge your seasonal repertoire."— Jessie Oleson, Cakespy Columnist
Sunday Suppers at Lucques by Suzanne Goin
Luscious Lemon Desserts by Lori Longbotham
"Lemon: it's for more than just meringue pie and bar cookies on a shortbread crust. If you love tart and sweet desserts, Luscious Lemon Desserts by Lori Longbotham is pretty much a vital volume. Challenge your taste buds with a lemon curd and strawberry tart, or pucker up and dig in to some lemon ricotta gelato. This book is a wonderful mix of classics and outside-of-the-box lemon concoctions, and contains plenty of simple and easy recipes as well as recipes for more complicated, showstopping desserts."— Jessie Oleson, Cakespy Columnist
Plum Gorgeous: Recipes and Memories from the Orchard by Romney Steele
Name Your Favorites!
Do you have a favorite cookbook for dessert inspiration? When you have piles of peaches and plums, where do you turn?