This easy fig jam recipe is the perfect way to use up an abundance of fresh summer figs. Simply combine all of the ingredients in a heavy saucepan and simmer to perfection. Beyond the obvious breakfast-table applications, you can use your fresh fig jam in vibrant desserts (think as a filling between cake layers or for hand pies) or as a delicious homemade condiment for sandwiches, cheese boards, and more. Fresh fig jam can provide the perfectly sweet balance in all sorts of savory applications, but pairs especially well with salty meats, such as prosciutto, and rich cheeses like goat cheese and Brie.
Nicole Rucker's cookbook Dappled is all about baking with fruit. The genius behind this particular recipe is that no baking is required—just overripe summer fruit and sandwich bread. As Rucker writes, "I challenge you to find a more dramatic, striking dish than a classic summer pudding. The saturated slices of white bread encasing the fruit, soaked in the vivid juices of ripe berries, have always reminded me of a can of pure magenta paint tipping over onto a white drop cloth. It’s also another way to turn leftover bread and bruised ripe fruit into an impressive dessert."
Your favorite summer stone fruit is versatile enough for both sweet and savory dishes. At perfect ripeness, peaches are soft, juicy and can be eaten as is—but take things up ad notch by adding your ripe summer peaches to a salad, dessert, or main dish. With a natural juicy-sweetness and subtle acidity, these beauties deserve to be celebrated at every meal for the rest of the season.
Every fall, our cravings shift towards seasonal squash, and our soups, baked goods, and more take on a delightful shade of orange. Pumpkin love is serious, but the orange flesh isn't the only part of the pumpkin you should cherish. Pumpkin seeds and pepitas, which are only found in select varieties of pumpkins, are fantastic roasted or candied and make a perfect topping for casseroles, fall salads, and more. They're also great incorporated into stews like our Instant Pot Chicken Mole, hearty pasta dishes, and seasonal sweets like Mexican Chocolate Zucchini Bread and Easy Jasmine Rice Pudding.
As soon as apple season rolls around, its supple cousin, the pear, so often ends up overshadowed. It's a shameful oversight worth addressing. To help the humble pear gain the recognition it deserves, we’ve rounded up our best pear recipes—we’re talking pear cider, pear pies, pear salads, poached pears, and more.
If the only cranberries you've ever eaten were shimmied out of a can in jellied form, you're in for a treat. Cranberry bog farmers harvest these tart but tasty fruits in autumn, making fresh cranberries perfect for enjoying during the holiday season. From cocktails and cakes to muffins and main dishes, cranberries add bright flavor and color to a wide variety of delicious recipes.
Beyond its inherent aptitude for being highly snackable and refreshing, pineapple delivers a juicy-bright punch of tropical personality to both sweet and savory dishes. From enhancing crispy fish tacos in the form of a spicy-sweet salsa to playing the rich and syrupy starring role on a classic upside-down cake, pineapple is one of the most versatile fruits to cook and bake with throughout the entire year. Here's a few of our favorite ways to use it.
What's not to love about grapefruit? The citrus fruit is a perfect combination of sweet, tart, and mouthwateringly delicious. Its gorgeous pink color (which lends itself beautifully to summer desserts, like this showstopping Salted Grapefruit Pie) is just an added bonus. And let's not forget about the stunning drinks it makes: Whether you're whipping up a classic (or frozen!) Salty Dog for a day on the beach or this super-easy-but-super-fancy Cachaça, Campari, Lime, and Grapefruit Cocktail, grapefruit juice is a bar staple for a reason. This collection of our best grapefruit recipes will get you through cocktails to dessert.
Need a serious flavor boost in your dessert, savory dish, or beverage? Add some mango. In addition to making your food taste like sunshine, mango adds a delightful velvety texture that can't be replicated.