Take perfectly ripe peaches, add a splash of cream, and you've got a classic that's not just for dessert.

Peach and Sour Cream Tart
Credit: Mikkel Vang

Whether you're embellishing a perfect peach or coaxing a flawed one to deliciousness, cream is the answer. Peaches and cream is a bewitching combination, one that shouldn't be limited to the last course. With a small amount of effort and a few additional ingredients, this pairing can be parlayed into incarnations that cover sweet, savory, and surprising, from French toast to chicken curry.