This truly luscious " pudding-replacer " was given me by my friend Vladimir Cernikoff, who is not only a famous pianist, but also a famous epicure.


Peaches (very good nectarines can also be used), Kirsch, ice.


Dip the peaches in boiling water for 1 minute so as to be able to peel them easily. Now place them in a deep glass dish on crushed ice, and let them stand for about 1 hour, replacing the ice as it melts. When ready to serve put them on a silver dish, pour some Kirsch over them and set it alight. If the peaches have been properly iced, they will still be icy cold, in spite of having been flambées in the Kirsch. The Kirsch should be slightly warmed before being poured over the peaches, as it will catch alight more easily.