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Serves : 6

Try this luscious fruit soup as a refreshing alternative to a rich dessert. Serve with your favorite crisp cookies.Plus: More Dessert Recipes and Tips

How to Make It

Step 1    

Set aside 1 1/2 cups of the blackberries. Place the remaining 3 cups berries and 1/2 cup of water in a nonreactive 3 1/2 -quart saucepan. Cover, bring to a simmer over moderate heat and cook until the berries have softened slightly and exuded their juices, about 5 minutes.

Step 2    

Transfer the cooked berries to a strainer and press through to remove the seeds. Stir in 3 tablespoons of the sugar until dissolved; sweeten with more sugar if desired. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Stir in the kirsch.

Step 3    

Up to 2 hours before serving, peel, halve and pit the peaches. Working over a bowl, slice the peaches 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle the remaining 3 tablespoons sugar over the peaches and gently toss.

Step 4    

Ladle the chilled blackberry soup into 6 soup plates, arrange the peach slices in the soup and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and about 6 or 7 of the reserved blackberries to each serving. Serve at once.

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