Peach Melba Recipe Video (scroll down for printable recipe)
For our French Brunch party, I chose Peach Melba to serve for dessert since it’s peach season and this happens to be one of the easiest desserts in history.
Created by the one and only Escoffier, and named for famous British soprano Nellie Melba, Peach Melba is a very simple and elegant dessert. It’s great for groups and parties because you can poach the peaches and make the sauce a couple days in advance and store in the fridge. All you have to do later is scoop some ice cream.
Because I often fail to replenish my sugar supply (because I really don’t use it much) I happened to try this recipe once using brown sugar instead of white sugar and wow! What a delicious, rich result. Therefore, I state for the record that either white or light brown sugar can be used in this recipe.
Please don’t throw away the vanilla syrup after you’re done! Either use it to poach more peaches another time or add it to a pitcher of this frozen sangria for the best sangria you’ll ever drink. Leftover syrup keeps 10 days in the fridge.
Peach Melba Recipe – Printable!Print
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 10 mins
- Yield: 4
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 vanilla bean, sliced open (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
- 4 large firm peaches
- 3 cups fresh raspberries or 12 ounce bag frozen, thawed
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 pint vanilla ice cream
- Combine sugar, water and vanilla bean in a pot over medium heat. Stir constantly until mixture boils. Cover and boil 5 minutes. Turn off heat. If using extract instead of vanilla bean pod, add extract now.
- Cut peaches in half and remove the pits. Bring syrup to a strong simmer and add peach halves. Poach 2-3 minutes until soft. Cool until you can handle them, then peel. Cool the syrup and store peached with syrup in refrigerator up to 24 hours.
- Combine raspberries and sugar in a blender until pureed. Press through a sieve. Refrigerate.
- Serve ice cream with peach halves and raspberry syrup.
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