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Our Best Summer Plum Recipes

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a pizza sitting on top of a wooden table: Brûléed Italian Plums with Armagnac Custard © Provided by Saveur Brûléed Italian Plums with Armagnac Custard

Sweet, tart, and juicy, plums are a summer treasure. From salads to cakes to drinks, we’ve rounded up our favorite plum recipes.

a slice of pizza: While a slice of this summer fruit tart needs no embellishment, a scoop of vanilla ice cream doesn’t hurt. Get the recipe for Plum Galette » © Anna Kovel While a slice of this summer fruit tart needs no embellishment, a scoop of vanilla ice cream doesn’t hurt. Get the recipe for Plum Galette »

Plums are great for adding sweetness to savory dishes. For a fresh summer salad, combine peaches and plums with arugula, basil, and red onion, vinegar, and olive oil. For a main, plums and duck is a classic combination. Try roasting a whole duck with plums, onions, thyme, clove, and cinnamon. Our pickled stone fruit and burrata flatbread is an absolute stunner—grilled homemade flatbread is topped with pickled peaches and plums, arugula, confit garlic, crème fraîche, Gruyère, and burrata.

a pizza sitting on top of a wooden table: Brûléed Italian Plums with Armagnac Custard © Farideh Sadeghin Brûléed Italian Plums with Armagnac Custard

We also love using plums in cocktails. Our stone fruit rosé sangria combines plums, other stone fruits, grapes, and blueberries with rosé wine, brandy, and sparkling blood orange soda. Our plum basil gin fizz is a simple summer refresher, made by shaking gin with muddled plums and basil leaves and topping with seltzer.

a plate of food on a table: Warming, caramel-scented Armagnac custard bathes fresh, barely-cooked Italian plums in this quick, simple dessert. Get the recipe for Brûléed Italian Plums with Armagnac Custard » © Farideh Sadeghin Warming, caramel-scented Armagnac custard bathes fresh, barely-cooked Italian plums in this quick, simple dessert. Get the recipe for Brûléed Italian Plums with Armagnac Custard »

Of course, plums really shine in dessert. Try our rich plum pie, sweetened with grape jelly and brightened with lemon juice. Or embrace summer barbecue season by grilling up slices of pound cake and topping them with a simple basil-plum compote. Our olive oil quatre quarts is a variation on pound cake that uses olive oil instead of butter, giving it a lighter, fresher flavor. Plums and other fruits get chopped up and mixed into the batter.

a plate of food sitting on top of a wooden table: At once rustic and refined, this technique amplifies the inherent sweetness of the fruit. The mascarpone-mint leaf combo brings a rich yet uplifting twist. The more ripe your fruit, the better it will caramelize. Look for freestone peaches that will let you remove the pits easily. Mallmann says: "Let them burn a bit without touching them. Don't flip and flop." Get the recipe for Burnt Peaches and Plums with Mascarpone and Hazelnuts »

At once rustic and refined, this technique amplifies the inherent sweetness of the fruit. The mascarpone-mint leaf combo brings a rich yet uplifting twist. The more ripe your fruit, the better it will caramelize. Look for freestone peaches that will let you remove the pits easily. Mallmann says: "Let them burn a bit without touching them. Don't flip and flop." Get the recipe for Burnt Peaches and Plums with Mascarpone and Hazelnuts »
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Find all of these dishes and more in our collection of plum recipes.


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Plum Galette

a slice of pizza: While a slice of this summer fruit tart needs no embellishment, a scoop of vanilla ice cream doesn’t hurt. Get the recipe for Plum Galette » © Provided by Saveur While a slice of this summer fruit tart needs no embellishment, a scoop of vanilla ice cream doesn’t hurt. Get the recipe for Plum Galette »

Brûléed Italian Plums with Armagnac Custard

a plate of food on a table: Warming, caramel-scented Armagnac custard bathes fresh, barely-cooked Italian plums in this quick, simple dessert. Get the recipe for Brûléed Italian Plums with Armagnac Custard » © Provided by Saveur Warming, caramel-scented Armagnac custard bathes fresh, barely-cooked Italian plums in this quick, simple dessert. Get the recipe for Brûléed Italian Plums with Armagnac Custard »

Burnt Peaches and Plums with Mascarpone and Hazelnuts

a plate of food sitting on top of a wooden table: At once rustic and refined, this technique amplifies the inherent sweetness of the fruit. The mascarpone-mint leaf combo brings a rich yet uplifting twist. The more ripe your fruit, the better it will caramelize. Look for freestone peaches that will let you remove the pits easily. Mallmann says: "Let them burn a bit without touching them. Don't flip and flop." Get the recipe for Burnt Peaches and Plums with Mascarpone and Hazelnuts » © Provided by Saveur At once rustic and refined, this technique amplifies the inherent sweetness of the fruit. The mascarpone-mint leaf combo brings a rich yet uplifting twist. The more ripe your fruit, the better it will caramelize. Look for freestone peaches that will let you remove the pits easily. Mallmann says: "Let them burn a bit without touching them. Don't flip and flop." Get the recipe for Burnt Peaches and Plums with Mascarpone and Hazelnuts »

Italian Plum Jam

a bowl of food: The elusive Italian plum makes a luscious, ruby-colored jam. Get the recipe for Italian Plum Jam © Provided by Saveur The elusive Italian plum makes a luscious, ruby-colored jam. Get the recipe for Italian Plum Jam

Pickled Stone Fruit and Burrata Flatbread

a pizza sitting on top of sushi on a grill: A light vegetarian lunch, or even savory summer dessert, the sugary pickling brine in this recipe helps the peaches and plums caramelize on the grill. Get the recipe for Pickled Stone Fruit and Burrata Flatbread » © Provided by Saveur A light vegetarian lunch, or even savory summer dessert, the sugary pickling brine in this recipe helps the peaches and plums caramelize on the grill. Get the recipe for Pickled Stone Fruit and Burrata Flatbread »

Peach and Plum Salad

a bowl of salad: In this salad red wine vinegar balances the sweetness of ripe fruit, while cilantro and basil add a floral note. Get the recipe for Peach and Plum Salad » © Provided by Saveur In this salad red wine vinegar balances the sweetness of ripe fruit, while cilantro and basil add a floral note. Get the recipe for Peach and Plum Salad »

Plum, White Chocolate, and Tarragon Parfait

a close up of food on a table: The overt sweetness of white chocolate is tamed here by the addition of tart Greek yogurt. Chef John Karangis of Union Square Events serves it as a bed for juicy roasted plums and a sweet, anise-tinged tarragon white wine granita—it's an elegant way to end a summer dinner. Get the recipe for Plum, White Chocolate, and Tarragon Parfait » © Provided by Saveur The overt sweetness of white chocolate is tamed here by the addition of tart Greek yogurt. Chef John Karangis of Union Square Events serves it as a bed for juicy roasted plums and a sweet, anise-tinged tarragon white wine granita—it's an elegant way to end a summer dinner. Get the recipe for Plum, White Chocolate, and Tarragon Parfait »

Plum Pie

a slice of pizza: Grape jelly intensifies the flavor of ripe plums in this sweet-tart summer pie from Drummond Ranch pie contestant Tracy Harris. Get the recipe for Plum Pie » © Provided by Saveur Grape jelly intensifies the flavor of ripe plums in this sweet-tart summer pie from Drummond Ranch pie contestant Tracy Harris. Get the recipe for Plum Pie »

Grilled Pound Cake with Basil-Plum Compote

a close up of a piece of cake on a plate: The best of summer comes together in this satisfying dessert of grilled pound cake topped with a fruity, herbal compote. Get the recipe for Grilled Pound Cake with Basil-Plum Compote » © Provided by Saveur The best of summer comes together in this satisfying dessert of grilled pound cake topped with a fruity, herbal compote. Get the recipe for Grilled Pound Cake with Basil-Plum Compote »

Plum Strudel

a piece of cake on a plate: This satisfying pastry layers plum preserves and walnuts for a gooey, crumbly cake. Get the recipe for Plum Strudel » © Provided by Saveur This satisfying pastry layers plum preserves and walnuts for a gooey, crumbly cake. Get the recipe for Plum Strudel »

Plum Tart

a tray full of food: The recipe for this quick and easy tart comes from the fifth edition of Joy of Cooking (Bobbs-Merrill, 1963). Get the recipe for Plum Tart » © Provided by Saveur The recipe for this quick and easy tart comes from the fifth edition of Joy of Cooking (Bobbs-Merrill, 1963). Get the recipe for Plum Tart »
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