Rather than hide gorgeous, peak-season peaches under a piecrust, line them up in sunny formation on an easy base of purchased puff pastry and sweetened cream cheese. We arranged our peaches in stripes, but you can spread them out rustically if you prefer.
This Dutch specialty, a puff pancake, bakes into a bowl shape that cradles a pile of sliced fresh peaches. The recipe comes from the Hidden Lake Bed and Breakfast in Jonesboro, Illinois, where the pannekoeken gets a dollop of sour cream and a generous sprinkling of powdered sugar. "It's simple, presents elegantly and always generates a round of oohs and aahs from our guests," says B&B co-owner Mary Jo Smith. "We typically serve it with maple sausage."
The family behind Illinois' Rendleman Orchards has amassed some great peach recipes in 135 years of growing peaches. This cake is no exception. Peach slices and brown sugar form a moist base for the tender, square cake–and when flipped over, that base becomes the topping. We like the cake warm with ice cream.
The memory of a childhood orchard trip inspired Melinsa Murphey of Olathe, Kansas, to create this recipe. The cakes are moist and sweet and quite generously proportioned, so you may want to serve a half-cake to each person (or bake them in muffin cups instead).
The biscuits absorb some of the cooking liquid, but this is still a very juicy dessert. The syrupy liquid tastes divine with vanilla ice cream. The recipe comes from Rendleman Orchards in Alto Pass, Illinois.
Sort of a sophisticated twist on a snow cone, these bracingly refreshing Italian ices are a cinch to make. (No special gear required!) Using fresh, very ripe fruit is key for good flavor.
"This very simple fruit dish goes over big," says Mary Jo Smith, describing this breakfast at Hidden Lake Bed and Breakfast in Jonesboro, Illinois. She serves it in sundae glasses with a swirl of yogurt on top. For a variation, add raspberries to the peaches.
Like any good cook, Mary Jo Smith of Hidden Lake Bed and Breakfast adjusts her recipes as she prepares them over time. She has fine-tuned the custard layer for Peach Kuchen and added spices to the peaches. If you're in a hurry, Mary Jo recommends substituting a single refrigerated unbaked piecrust for the Kuchen Crust.
Peach Kuchen 
Pureed canned peaches and whipping cream make a rich, flavorful pancake. Top with maple syrup instead of the chai syrup if you prefer. Add chopped peaches for even more fruit flavor.
A combination of pureed and chopped peaches gives this ice cream nice color and fruit flecks. Be sure to use half-and-half or light cream; if you substitute whole milk, the mixture will be icier.
Peach Ice Cream 
Flamm's Peach Cobbler is a combination of recipes that's baked for the Flamm Fruits and Cream stand at the orchard's Cobden, Illinois, market (left). It's heavenly served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
For a no-bake summer favorite, try Creamy Peach Yogurt Pie. The recipe comes from the Flamm family's Good Food from the Orchard Cookbook, which is sold at their market.
This recipe from the Peach Barn Cafe in Alto Pass, Illinois, makes just 2 1/4 cups, but if you have an abundance of peaches, you can make multiple batches of this recipe and can them.
Peach Chutney 
At just 40 calories a serving, this fresh drink is a good alternative to high-calorie fruit drinks or sodas. Mix apricot nectar, peaches, ice, and lemon or lime juice, then add carbonated water.
Peachy Apricot Slush 
Oven-roasted nectarines or peaches create their own vanilla syrup as they're baked in vanilla-flavored sugar with water. They're heavenly with ice cream and syrup drizzled over the top.
Cranberries make this peach crumble special--no surprise, since the recipe comes from Canoe Bay resort near Chetek, Wisconsin. Wisconsin produces more cranberries than any other state in the nation. Serve with your choice of store-bought ice cream if you don't have time to make the Hint-of-Ginger Ice Cream accompaniment.
Peach of a Crumble 
German immigrants to the Red River Valley brought their cooking traditions with them, including recipes for this peachy dessert. We especially like this with cinnamon whipped cream.
We raided both the fruit bowl and the liquor cabinet for this sparkling make-ahead party drink, marrying citrus and stone fruits with brandy, orange liqueur and rosé wine. (You can use either a sweet wine, such as White Zinfandel, or a more dry variety, like a French or Spanish import.)
Flamm Orchards is a major peach producer in southern Illinois. The Flamm family likes to churn peach ice cream on the Fourth of July. The whole group gets involved in ice cream prep, then eating.
Choose from peaches or strawberries and rum or orange juice for this chiller. Then rev up your blender. Our recipe includes variations with and without alcohol.
For another refreshing blender peach drink, try Peach Sunrisers. The drink gets its rosy color from cranberry juice concentrate.
Summer Fruit Daiquiris 
Peach Sunrisers 
Juicy peaches and berries add a tart pop to dense, moist cake. Feeling extra summery? Top with frozen yogurt.
Peaches and Berries Cake 
This colorful dessert, prepared with a packaged cake mix, goes together quickly. Try it with fresh peaches in season, but frozen unsweetened peaches will do fine, too, the rest of the year.