PUBLISHED: 4:57 PM on Wednesday, May 4, 2005
Kat James' Peach Ambrosia Radiance

This sweet treat can be a simple dessert or a sinful beauty treatment. Prep time: 20 minutes

3/4 cup heavy cream

1 cup plain whole milk yogurt or Greek-style yogurt

1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon coconut, almond or cherry flavoring

Touch of honey or sugar-free sweetener, to taste

2 large ripe peaches (or nectarines), cut in 1/4-inch wedges

2 large ripe plums, cut in 1/4-inch wedges

2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut, for garnish

1/2 cup chopped walnuts, for garnish

As a dessert: In bowl, combine first 6 ingredients and place large dollop in center of 6 dessert plates, reserving about 3/4 cup. Arrange peach slices in flower petal formation on each plate. Arrange plum slices face down between peach slices, standing up so that the skin of the plum faces upward to create color contrast. Place 1 smaller dollop of cream mixture in center of each dish. Sprinkle coconut over each dish, extending beyond the fruit pieces onto the plate. Finish by scattering walnut pieces closer to center to garnish.

Makes 6 servings.

As a facial mask: Process all ingredients in blender until smooth. Natural acids and antioxidants in fruit and yogurt will nourish and lightly exfoliate skin, while oil released from walnuts will lend softness and sheen.