Makes 6 servings

Using these proportions, feel free to substitute another fruit, such as strawberries, mango, or papaya, or your favorite combination. The result is fluffy, light, and oh, so satisfying.

1 ½ cups puréed fresh peaches (about 4 peeled and pitted peaches) ½ cup sugar ¼ cup orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau ¼ cup water 1 envelope unflavored gelatin (see Tip) 1 cup heavy cream ½ teaspoon pure almond extract Small sprigs of fresh mint for garnish

Blend the peaches, sugar, and liqueur in a blender or food processor until smooth.

Pour the water into a small saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin over it; let stand until the gelatin softens, about 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, use electric beaters to beat the cream in a medium small bowl until soft peaks form.

Cook the gelatin mixture over low heat, stirring constantly until the gelatin dissolves, about 3 minutes. Let cool slightly, and then stir it into the peach mixture. Gently fold this mixture into the whipped cream.

Spoon the mousse into individual serving dishes or into a medium-size flat-bottomed bowl. Cover and chill until set, about 2 hours. Serve within 36 hours of chilling.

Garnish the servings with mint sprigs.