Drain the syrup from any size can of peaches. Blend the peaches until they are smooth. Store in the refrigerator. This sauce is delicious over ice cream or frozen yogurt, or you can eat it as is. Those on a mechanical soft diet can also use it to soften cakes, etc.
Puréed Fresh Fruits
You can purée any fruit that is in season in a baby food grinder. Sprinkle apples with lemon juice to avoid browning. You can add cinnamon or mix a few different kinds of fruit together for a fruit punch flavor.
Ricotta Cherry Mousse
1 pound (2 cups) of ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons of sifted powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon of almond extract
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 cups of dark cherries, pitted and sliced (or use frozen unsweetened cherries if fresh ones are not available)
½ cup of semisweet chocolate chips, ground to a coarse meal in a blender
Put the ricotta in a medium-size mixing bowl and beat it with an electric mixer at high speed for about 3 minutes. Slowly add the sugar. Stir in the extracts, cover, and chill. Fifteen minutes before you serve the mousse, fold in the cherries. Serve it topped with the chocolate.
Peaches and Cream
½ cup of ice cubes
2 tablespoons of plain yogurt
Place the banana, peach, ice cubes, and yogurt into a blender. Blend until smooth. Add enough peach nectar to reach the 16-ounce mark on the blender. Blend until smooth.