Every year, we wait patiently for the day that plums make their glorious debut at the farmers market. A warm-weather treat, they’re sweet, tart, juicy, mouth-puckering and just begging to be made into sweet and savory dishes alike. (That is, when you’re not packing them for a day trip to the beach.) From a glistening upside-down cake to a tart, juicy caprese with basil vinaigrette, here are 33 plum recipes to make the most of the season.
33 Plum Recipes to Make While the Summer Stone Fruit Is In Season
1. Puff-pastry Plum And Thyme Galette
Galettes are already like lazy pie—add puff pastry and it’s even easier. This one takes under an hour to make, start to finish.
2. Blackberry Plum Upside-down Cake
One of the many perks of upside-down cake is that it practically decorates itself. This one is made with whole wheat flour in the batter, so it kinda tastes like a PB&J.
3. 20-minute Burrata Salad With Stone Fruit And Asparagus
It’s practically no-cook, feeds a crowd and won’t wilt when you set it out in 90-degree weather—what more could you ask for?
4. Tuscan Summer Stone Fruit, Tomato, And Burrata Panzanella Salad
With freshly toasted bread and plenty of creamy cheese, this is basically a charcuterie board masquerading as a salad. No complaints here.
5. Baked Breakfast Quinoa With Plums And Pistachios
We like to get our fruit fix as early in the day as possible.
6. Stone Fruit Tart
Pair it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert, then serve the leftovers with coffee for breakfast.
7. Chocolate Cardamom Doughnuts With A Sweet Plum Glaze
Chocolate and plum is a surprising combination that we happen to adore. The earthiness of the doughnuts paired with a sweet-tart glaze is just *chef’s kiss*
8. Black Plum Tarts With Brown Butter And Sea Salt
They’re only six ingredients, but they look (and taste) so fancy.
9. Grilled Plum Salad With Maple-nut Clusters
Grilled stone fruit and candied nuts? This is our kind of salad.
10. Plum And Peach Clafoutis
If you’re not familiar with this traditional French dessert (which tastes kind of like a fruit custard), you only need to know two things: It’s both effortless and tasty.
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11. Mascarpone Vanilla Parfait With Plum Compote And Pistachio
Is it acceptable to eat this for breakfast? You don’t need permission. Just go ahead and do it.
12. Vegan Spelt Plum Galette
A summer galette is a glorious thing, and this one is even plant-based. We’re not mad about it at all.
13. Crispy Prosciutto, Plum And Burrata Flatbread
Juicy plums, fresh basil, creamy burrata—make it for a dinner party and watch it disappear.
14. Stone Fruit And Burrata Salad
Is this a salad or is this a work of art? (Trick question: It’s both.)
15. Vanilla Plum Shrub
A shrub is kind of like a cocktail, but instead of booze, it has vinegar. If it sounds crazy, we promise it’s actually just crazy delicious.
16. Brown-butter Plum Upside-down Yogurt Cake With Pistachios
Glossy doesn’t even begin to describe it. We’ll take two slices, please.
17. Blueberry Plum Cobbler With Corn Flour Biscuits
Corn flour complements the fruit to a tee and makes this dessert totally gluten-free. Win-win.
18. Pear And Plum Puff Pastry Tart With Blue Cheese
We’re suckers for a savory pie—this is no exception. Think of it as a charcuterie plate in tart form.
19. Gorgonzola Grilled Plums With Maple Syrup And Chilis
If you want to get fancy without putting in too much effort, grill your fruit. It never fails to incite oohs and ahhs.
20. Bacon Plum Salad
The combination of sweet and savory is the key to our heart.
21. Black Plum Preserves
Keep a few jars in the pantry and you’ll have summer all year round.
22. Roasted Plum Ice Cream
This is one time it’s worth busting out the ice cream maker.
23. Late Summer Sangria
You bring the fat, juicy plums you scoped out at the farmers market; we’ll bring the rosé.
24. Plum Rosewater Crumble
Plums and streusel topping are a match made in heaven. The only thing this needs now is a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
25. Purple Plum Torte
Even if your plums are on the tart, not-quite-ripe side, you won’t remember once they come out of the oven tucked into this cake.
26. Plum Ice Cream
The plums are roasted with brown sugar for maximum flavor.
27. Whole Grain Vegan Plum Muffins
We never thought muffins could be wholesome until we met these. They’re studded with juicy plums and a cinnamon streusel, but aren’t too sweet.
28. Easy Plum Cobbler
This one is best served straight from the oven, with a scoop of ice cream on top.
29. Easy Sparkling Sangria
Make a pitcher before heading out to the patio for happy hour.
30. Vegan Blackberry Plum Crisp
Behold, a plant-based dessert that’s ready to eat in an hour. (Don’t worry, non-vegans will love it too.)
31. Plum Crisp With Pistachio, Oat And Almond Meal Topping
It’s gluten-free and tastes equally scrumptious with another nut swapped for the pistachios.
32. Gluten-free Pluot Torte
Psst: Pluots are technically a cross between Japanese plums and apricots, but if you can’t find them at the market, regular plums are just as tasty.
33. Summer Stone Fruit Caprese With Basil Vinaigrette
Cherries, peaches, plums and an irresistible basil dressing—this is summer on a plate.