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9 ways to ‘never miss a dessert’ with stone fruit

With summer in its last stretch, it’s worth making a rush on the end-of-season stone fruit so that you and your family can savour the sweet and juicy freshness of peaches, plums, and nectarines for a few more weeks.

While versatile stone fruit are a taste sensation in savoury dishes, combined with cheeses and added as hero ingredients to summer salads, they are probably most beloved in delectable bakes and desserts.  After all who can resist a slice of a perfect plum tart with morning coffee, a homemade peach ice cream on a hot afternoon and a decadent pavlova topped with fresh nectarine slices to round off the evening braai?

Social media food trends like #nevermissadessert have highlighted the simple joy of homemade desserts. Whether you are celebrating a good day or aiming to cheer yourself up on a bad day, a delicious dessert can boost happiness.  In an era of dessert obsession, we’ve also embraced the idea that dessert can be a stand-alone meal!

To help you keep up with the #nevermissadessert trend, here are nine irresistible stone fruit dessert recipes compiled by Juicy Delicious featuring the culinary talents of some of South Africa’s celebrated food bloggers and cookbook authors, Zola Nene, Jenny Morris, Justine Drake, Sam Linsell, Angie Batis Durrant and Teresa Ulyate.

Plums are showstoppers!

With juicy flesh, sweet and tart flavours and brilliant jewel colours, plums desserts reign supreme and pair sumptuously with yummy flavours such as vanilla, honey and almonds.  Ideal for summer baking, plums can also be sliced and frozen or easily stewed and bottled so that you have a stash throughout the year.  While you still can though, use fresh plums for:
HONEY PLUM DESSERT CAKE by Jenny Morris

PLUM AND ALMOND TART by Zola Nene

PLUM STREUSEL by Jenny Morris

On the lighter side, there’s:
ROASTED PLUM ETON MESS by Sam Linsell

PLUM AND AMARETTO TIRAMISU by Angie Batis Durrant

Fresh takes on old favourites

Traditional desserts are very much on trend but there’s nothing wrong with giving them a contemporary flair:

PEACH & AMASI ICE CREAM by Zola Nene

MINI PAVLOVAS WITH NECTARINE AND BURNT SUGAR SHARDS by Justine Drake

Delicious desserts for any time of day

These stand-alone treats give you points for including vitamin-rich fruit when you need to quickly satisfy your sweet tooth:

SPICED STONE FRUIT COMPOTE WITH HONEYED YOGURT AND PISTACHIOS by Justine Drake

NECTARINE & WHITE CHOCOLATE YOGHURT LOLLIES by Teresa Ulyate

For more inspiration follow @juicydelicioussa on Instagram or visit www.juicydelicious.co.za

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