Pies are among America's favorite desserts. With a little practice, you can learn to adapt this basic formula depending on what fruit is in season, and to adjust the amount of sugar and thickeners based on the juiciness of the fruit. Soon, you can say "easy as pie" -- and really mean it!
A simple swap is all it takes to reimagine panzanella. This Italian summer salad usually features cubes of day-old rustic bread and tomatoes, tossed with basil leaves and a simple vinaigrette. But slices of ripe, juicy peaches in place of, or in addition to, the tomatoes bring a different (but entirely welcome) sweetness to the mix.
We tweaked a favorite ice cream flavor from way back to make a treat for all ages. The exceptionally moist cream-cheese pound cake gets split and filled -- three times -- with a luscious mousse flavored with pureed cooked peaches and studded with chopped fresh peaches and cherries. Because it's thickened with gelatin, the mousse gets nice and firm, then stays that way when layered in the cake -- and in every last slice.