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Fine Fare for a Bridal Shower : Preparing Refreshments Ahead Leaves Time for Socializing

June 11, 1987

Hosting a bridal shower this season for a family member or friend? By planning refreshments that can be prepared well in advance, you won't miss watching the bride-to-be open her gifts.

Frozen Peach-Pecan Souffle blends peaches with butter pecan ice cream, then adds chopped pecans, whipped cream and a touch of kirsch before freezing. Garnish with swirls of whipped cream and pecan halves and serve with coffee or Champagne for a special conclusion to the party.

FROZEN PEACH-PECAN SOUFFLE

4 peaches

2 cups whipping cream

1 quart butter pecan ice cream, softened

1/3 cup chopped pecans

3 tablespoons kirsch

Pecan halves

Peel and pit peaches. Beat 1 1/2 cups whipping cream until stiff. Blend peaches and ice cream in food processor or blender. Carefully fold in chopped pecans, kirsch and whipped cream.

Wrap 3-inch foil collar around top of 1 1/2-quart souffle dish. Secure with tape. Pour ice cream mixture into dish and freeze overnight.

Beat remaining 1/2 cup whipping cream until stiff. Remove foil from souffle. Garnish with whipped cream swirls and pecan halves. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Note: 1 (16-ounce) can peaches, drained, may be substituted for fresh peaches.

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