I really love peaches, guys. One of the simplest pleasures in life is biting into a ripe, summer peach, and I'm so excited peach season is almost here.
When I realized the Tim Burton film, James and the Giant Peach, turns 20 this week (on April 12), I thought rounding up 20 peach-packed recipes would be a delicious and fitting way to celebrate! If you're anything like me (and I hope you are!), your mouth is already watering and you're ready to whip up some peachy-keen snacks and watch James go on his adventure.
Grilled peaches, paired with savory bacon and basil, are the perfect appetizer for barbecues and outdoor family gatherings. Find the recipe here.
Tarts always look fancy, but they're surprisingly simple to make. This recipe calls for homemade pastry dough, but if that's not your game, use good ol' Pillsbury.
I'm such a sucker for baked brie. It's my family's go-to appetizer for parties. We LOVE the apricot baked brie at Epcot's Spice Road Table, and I cannot wait to make this sweet and spicy recipe!
I love a nice scone with my coffee. I can already imagine myself enjoying some coffee and a peach scone outside while the birds chirp and the sun is warm enough to make the vanilla glaze a tad sticky. I'm not the only one dreaming of summer, right? Regardless, this peach scone recipe looks divine.
Scones are great, but so are cinnamon rolls. I've seen the raspberry cinnamon rolls floating around Pinterest (I also have a love affair with raspberries) but about died when I saw these little beauties. This recipe is now high on my list to make for brunch.
This recipe uses frozen peaches, so you don't even have to wait for peach season to make it!
I haven't shown this sandwich to Brad. My plan is to surprise him with it for lunch one day. Turkey, brie, peaches and arugula are some of his favorite things. In fact, I may just start referring to it as The Bradley, from here on out.
We've already gone over my love for brie, but I think you could easily swap out goat cheese for these quesadillas for a slightly tangier bite.
This easy, one-skillet meal is packed with flavor. Enjoy it on its own, or serve over rice or quinoa. It's simple to make, but will punch up an otherwise boring Tuesday dinner, don't you think?
Pork sliders are another favorite for backyard barbecues. Why not give them a new twist with peaches? Your guests and family are sure to love the sweet and savory combination, especially when paired with the apple coleslaw the recipe calls for. Plus, who can resist anything on a King's Hawaiian Roll?
I feel like this list is pretty heavy on the peach, basil and cheese combo. But it's for good reason-- it's delicious! In this case, the flatbread is merely a receptacle for the gooey trio of peaches, basil and mozzarella.
These bars combine the best parts of peach pie and cheesecake into a decadent dessert that is guaranteed to please a crowd. Plus, it calls for store bought pie filling, which just makes life easier.
The act of cooking the whole peach caramelizes the sugar and intensifies the peachy flavor. If you don't want to heat up the house with your oven, try grilling them instead. Serve over vanilla ice cream for a perfect summer treat. Find the recipe here.
Cupcakes are adorable, and easy to serve a crowd. Why else would cupcakes be so bountiful at Walt Disney World bakeries? The delicate peach flavor pairs wonderfully with nutty browned butter. The only tricky part is getting your frosting rose to look as pretty as these.
If mastering perfect frosting roses isn't really your cup of tea, then try a bundt cake instead, which comes out pretty just on its own! This recipe also has a peach sauce to drizzle over your cake.
The downside to this recipe is that it only makes four baby pies. We all know that's just not enough pie. So plan to at least double the recipe.
If none of this catches your eye, or you really doubt your baking skills, then peach butter is for you. Honestly, it's really easy. Just peel, pour, boil, puree, strain, boil again. Done. You can have thick and rich peach butter in an afternoon. Imagine pouring it over vanilla ice cream, angel food cake, or pound cake, all of which is from the grocery store! It makes a perfect dessert for parties, or a jar full can be a thoughtful gift for teachers, Mother's Day, or new neighbor. Even if you already have plans for the other peaches desserts, don't leave peach butter off your list!
I want to start off the drinks with one for whole family-- iced tea. This recipe calls for Snapple iced tea, but you really could use whatever kind of iced tea your want. Personally, I think green iced tea would be delicious with the raspberry and peach puree.
This is another one that calls for frozen peaches, so there's no stopping you from making yourself a Bourbon Peach Slush tonight. The smokiness from the bourbon goes nicely with the brightness from the peaches, and fizziness from ginger ale.
The bourbon cocktail is more up Brad's ally, and this martini is definitely more up mine.
Is your mouth drooling? Mine has been the whole time I've been putting this list together. I can't wait for the farmer's market to open and for peaches to be in season! I know I can get peaches frozen and canned year round, but fresh peaches are better, without a doubt.
I'm gearing up to make one or two peach recipes and pop in James and the Giant Peach to celebrate the movie turning 20! What are you most most excited to try? Let us know in the comments!