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A BERRY GOOD IDEA  Monday, August 30, 2010

Berries and peaches abound during the summer, but sometimes the bounty you bring home doesn’t live up to your tastebuds’ expectations. All it takes is a quick steep with a sweetener, sugar or honey, and water to elevate them to an easy, elegant dessert topped with crème fraiche or frozen yogurt. Always start out with just a small amount of sugar or honey to ensure you don’t end up with a cloyingly sweet mixture—you can always add more and taste as you go. The goal here is to help coax out extra flavor and the fruit’s natural sweetness, while balancing out any tartness. Just a splash of cold, filtered water helps create a thin syrup to drizzle on top, and any extra can be stored in a container in the refrigerator or mixed with sparkling water for a homemade flavored seltzer.