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How to make Peach Melba and its History

Updated on July 13, 2013

January 13 is National Peach Melba Day

It is actually quite remarkable that a dessert as simple as Peach Melba could be given its own day. I for one am amazed that the dessert, named after the great foodie and world famous soprano Dame Nellie Melba, is even remembered over a century after it was invented by the French chef Auguste Escoffier.

That being said, I have on occasion succumbed to the simple charm of the Peach Melba and indulged my sweet tooth with this Australian 'delicacy'.

But surely there is more to this dessert than what I have been brought up to believe?

Let's find out!

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Peaches Wikimedia CC2
Peaches Wikimedia CC2

It doesn't get any more simple than this!

Prep time: 1 min
Cook time: 1 min
Ready in: 2 min
Yields: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 tin of peaches
  • 1 tub of vanilla ice cream
  • 1 bottle of raspberry sauce

Instructions

  1. Open the peach tin
  2. Remove 3 peach halves or several slices depending on which tin you bought and place in a bowl
  3. Scoop out two large vanilla ice cream balls and put on top of the peaches
  4. Pour the raspberry sauce over the ice cream and peaches
Cast your vote for My Peach Melba Recipe

Teds Mums Version

So based on my recipe above, you can see why I wondered how on earth anyone even recalled, let alone celebrated this 'recipe'. So I spoke to my mum about it and she described how she made the Peach Melba I remembered as a child.

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 2

Ingredients

  • 3 Medium sized ripe peaches
  • 1 Punnet of Raspberries
  • 1 Cup of sugar
  • 1 Cup of water
  • 1 Vanilla pod

Instructions

  1. Place the water and sugar in a saucepan and mix until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Then add the seeds from the vanilla pod.
  3. Cut a small cross in the base of the peaches and place them in the mixture
  4. Bring the sugar syrup to the boil and cook the peaches for 5 minutes
  5. Remove the peaches and leave them and the liquid to cool
  6. Once cool, peel the peaches and remove the seed. Then cut into slices
  7. Place around a cup of the syrup back in the pan and add the raspberries
  8. Cook this mixture until the raspberries are warm. Do not let it boil
  9. Blend the mixture till it is of a liquid consistency. Push through a sieve to remove any pips or lumps
  10. Place the peach slices in a bowl and scoop on a generous amount of vanilla ice cream
  11. Pour the raspberry sauce over the peaches and ice cream
  12. Obviously my mum is both a more thorough and better cook than me!

Peaches and Inspiration

Peach Cookbook: Beverages, Breakfast Treats, Appetizers, Soups, Salads, Sides, Entrees, Desserts
Peach Cookbook: Beverages, Breakfast Treats, Appetizers, Soups, Salads, Sides, Entrees, Desserts

Peach Melba isn't the only thing you can make with peaches. There is a whole world out there for the peach fanatic. Grab this book and begin your peach loving journey.

 
Stone Fruit: Cherries, Nectarines, Apricots, Plums, Peaches (Northwest Homegrown Cookbook Series)
Stone Fruit: Cherries, Nectarines, Apricots, Plums, Peaches (Northwest Homegrown Cookbook Series)

Can't get peaches to satisfy your stone fruit craving? Then grab a copy of this book and be inspired to use all those other delicious stone fruits.

 
Nellie Melba
Nellie Melba

So who is Dame Nellie Melba?

Not always known as Nellie Melba, born Helen Porter Mitchell in 1861, she became famous across Europe and the USA for her stage presence and soprano voice. In the late 1880 as her career started to take off she changed her name to Nellie Melba, the Nellie being a lifelong nickname and Melba being a shortened version of her home city Melbourne.

Apart from being famous for becoming the first Australian to be recognised internationally as a classical singer, Nellie Melba is probably most famous in modern Australia for the foods that are named in her honour (Peach Melba, Melba Toast and Melba Garniture, a concoction of chicken, truffles and mushrooms stuffed in to a tomato) and her legendary comebacks towards the end of her career, where she spent most of the 1920's on 'retirement tours'.

So much so that the commonly used slang for someone who keeps coming back after they have left, such as returning to a room several times because you have forgotten to get what you came for, will be met with the response, 'Strewth mate, you've made more comebacks than Nellie Melba'.

More about Dame Nellie Melba

Peach Melba Day - A Real National Celebration!

Peach Melba Cupcakes

I love Peach Melba and I love cupcakes so what better combination could you possibly have? Thankfully someone has already thought of this match made in heaven. If you too want to see what paradise in a cupcake looks like then click on this Amazing Vegetarian Peach Melba Cupcake Recipe.

Bread Machine
Bread Machine

Bread Machine Baking Month

This story was going to be about the more glamorous and recognised 'Bread Machine Baking Month', but as I was preparing the dough for my glorious fruit bread, the bread machine that I have had for over a decade decided enough was enough and through the vibrations of the bread mixing paddle, the bread machine edged knowingly to the edge of the bench it was sitting on and with one last long farewell look, jumped off the bench to self destruction.

RIP Bread Machine (affectionately named R2D2).

Looking for a new R2D2

Panasonic SD-RD250 Bread Maker with Automatic Fruit & Nut Dispenser
Panasonic SD-RD250 Bread Maker with Automatic Fruit & Nut Dispenser

I love this bread maker as it has an automatic fruit and nut dispenser.... and that is my all time favourite bread. I have gone to Bread Machine heaven.

 

National Celebration - A fight to the death!

Which National Celebration is more Important?

Peach Melba Puffs

Want to enjoy your Peach Melba with a cup of good coffee or as a bit of afternoon decadence? Then Peach Melba Puffs are the perfect solution. For a fantastic Peach Melba Puff recipe click here!

Ice Cream Maker
Ice Cream Maker

Deconstructed Peach Melba

Want to entertain your guests at you next Australian themed dinner party? Then serve them a deconstructed Peach Melba. How do you deconstruct this simplest of desserts? Well it does depend on how brave you and your guests are!

The simplest way would be to provide a serving platter with cooked peaches on, a tub of ice cream and a sauce boat full of raspberry sauce all under the grand title of 'Deconstructed Peach Melba'!

The bravest would be a fondue full of hot syrup, several ripe peaches, a punnet of fresh raspberries, a small blender and an ice cream maker with the ice cream ingredients all laid out on the table. Depending on the ice cream maker, 45 minutes later you will have the ultimate Deconstructed Peach Melba, which will either have your dinner guests amazed, or just questioning your sanity!

Peach Melba Squares

Want a simple way to serve Peach Melba? Then Peach Melba squares, courtesy of the chefs at the BBC are the perfect accompaniment to either a nice peach schnapps over ice or with your delicious home made ice-cream.

Margarita
Margarita

Peach Melba Margarita

I love playing with the classic margarita recipe and Peach Melba is just perfect for my mixology experimentations.

Prep time: 2 min
Cook time: 3 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: 1 to 2 Depending on alcoholic enjoyment!

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop vanilla ice-cream
  • 1 double shot of tequila (50ml)
  • cooked peach
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 10 fresh raspberries
  • A couple of ice cubes (or more if you wish a slurpy like consistency)

Instructions

  1. Pour ingredients in to a blender and spin away
  2. Pour into a cocktail glass with sugar on the edge
  3. All the ingredients can be modified to taste
  4. Can be made sweeter, fruitier or more or less alcoholic. Have tried them all and enjoyed them all!

Perfect Margarita Blender

The perfect margarita needs the perfect blender.

Nostalgia Electrics MSB64 64-Ounce Margarita and Slush Maker
Nostalgia Electrics MSB64 64-Ounce Margarita and Slush Maker

Funky, colourful and with a built in pourer. What more could you ask for in a margarita maker?

 

Delicious Peach Melba Muffins

And finally, no collection of Peach Melba recipes would be complete without my favourite morning tea accessory, the muffin. What better way to make the work day that little bit more bearable than with one of these delicious muffins from the examiner.com. Summed up in one word. Yum.

Making Peach Melba

I just can't resist Nigella...

How do you like your Peach Melba?

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    • tedwritesstuff24 profile imageAUTHOR

      TedWritesStuff 

      5 years ago

      @kabbalah lm: I agree ;-)

    • kabbalah lm profile image

      kabbalah lm 

      5 years ago

      Peach melba...yummy

    • tedwritesstuff24 profile imageAUTHOR

      TedWritesStuff 

      5 years ago

      @rooshoo: Definitely a great dessert! Enjoy.

    • rooshoo profile image

      rooshoo 

      5 years ago

      This looks so good. I'll have to make this sometime.

    • tedwritesstuff24 profile imageAUTHOR

      TedWritesStuff 

      5 years ago

      @JuneNash: Hope you enjoy it as much an Nellie and I do ;-)

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      June Nash 

      5 years ago

      Until now, I never knew what Peach Melba was. I remember getting Good Humor Ice Cream Creamsicles. They were peach ice cream inside, with a raspberry popsicle coating. They were my favorite. I think I will try your, or your mother's, recipe. I printed it out. Thanks!

    • tedwritesstuff24 profile imageAUTHOR

      TedWritesStuff 

      5 years ago

      @Deadpool: Thank you for popping by.

    • tedwritesstuff24 profile imageAUTHOR

      TedWritesStuff 

      5 years ago

      @TeacherSerenia: Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

    • tedwritesstuff24 profile imageAUTHOR

      TedWritesStuff 

      5 years ago

      @Spiderlily321: Many thanks. It really is a simple, yummy sweet!

    • Spiderlily321 profile image

      Spiderlily321 

      5 years ago

      This looks and sounds so good. I would love to try it! Thanks so much for sharing. Good luck in the contest

    • knitstricken profile image

      knitstricken 

      5 years ago

      I've never had it, but after reading this lens I think I'll like it any and every way it can be prepared!

    • TeacherSerenia profile image

      TeacherSerenia 

      5 years ago

      I had no idea that peach melba was an australian related dish. I have actually never had one, but I must rectify that situation very soon.

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      Deadpool 

      5 years ago

      Great Lens

    • tedwritesstuff24 profile imageAUTHOR

      TedWritesStuff 

      5 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Very Sweet... Very Yum!

    • WriterJanis2 profile image

      WriterJanis2 

      5 years ago

      This looks delicious!

    • tedwritesstuff24 profile imageAUTHOR

      TedWritesStuff 

      5 years ago

      @Fran Tollett: One word..Yum.. ;-)

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      Fran Tollett 

      5 years ago

      Dessert crepes and the muffins sound good :)

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      momsfunny 

      5 years ago

      I would like to try some of your Peach Melba recipe.

    • tedwritesstuff24 profile imageAUTHOR

      TedWritesStuff 

      5 years ago

      @deforst: cheers!

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      deforst 

      5 years ago

      Make mine a margarita melba please! ;-D

    • tedwritesstuff24 profile imageAUTHOR

      TedWritesStuff 

      5 years ago

      @askformore lm: Cold with lots of ice cream! Thanks for stopping by.

    • askformore lm profile image

      askformore lm 

      5 years ago

      I like it cold! :)Thank you for the recipes!

    • askformore lm profile image

      askformore lm 

      5 years ago

      I like it cold! :)Thank you for the recipes!

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