1) Strawberries, Red Wine and Cream:
Hulled and sliced strawberries soaked in a little dry red wine acquire a ruby-red glow and are wonderful when topped with a dollop of softly whipped cream.
2) Blackberry Fool:
To make this simple dessert, combine blackberries with a little sugar in a bowl. Mash some, but not all, of the berries with a fork. Let stand and stir a couple of times, and then fold most of the juicy fruit into some whipped cream. Top each portion with some of the reserved ''sauce.''
3) Peaches with Ginger Cream:
Peeled and sliced peaches are topped with whipped cream. Each portion is sprinkled with some chopped crystallized ginger to add some spice and crunch.
4) Pineapple with Lemon Cream:
I like to mix whipped cream with a little sour cream and lemon zest for a slightly tart topping that contrasts nicely with sweet chunks of pineapple.
5) Rum-Sprinkled Mango with Cream:
Slices of mango sprinkled with dark rum are set atop pillows of vanilla-flavored whipped cream for a no-cook dessert with a tropical flavor.
6) Plums, Cream and Brown Sugar:
Brown sugar, with its subtle molasses flavor, is sprinkled on top of mounds of whipped cream and sliced plums for a wonderfully simple but surprisingly complex dessert.
Date: September 6, 2002