Peche Melba - Dessert for a Diva
Peche Melba is a stunning dessert
Created from sweet sunny peaches, smooth vanilla ice cream and tart raspberry sauce, Peche Melba is a taste sensation.
This classic dessert was created by a French chef in London to honour an Australian. So it's more of a multicultural contribution than it first appears.
Peche Melba is a Cook's delight. A pushover to prepare, stylish to serve and simply delightful to eat
The Finished Peche Melba
Ingredients for Peche Melba
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
Â¼cup lemon juice
zest of one lemon
1 vanilla bean
2 cups raspberries (cleaned)
2 tbsp. lemon juice
Â½ cup sugar
The rest and the best!
1/2 litre (1 pint) vanilla ice cream
1 cup toasted almond slices
2 cups whipped cream
Prepare and Serve Peche Melba
Plunge 4 peaches in boiling water for 5 seconds and peel
To make the syrup
Bring the sugar, water, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla bean to a boil.
Let it sit for 10 minutes
Add the peaches and gently poach until tender.
Leave them to cool in the syrup
In your blender mix the raspberries, lemon juice and sugar
Take the peaches out gently from the syrup.
Remove the pits carefully and cut in half.
Place a scoop of ice cream in each of 4 bowls.
Add 2 halves of peaches to each bowl.
Pour the raspberry sauce over.
Add a dollop or two of whipped cream and sprinkle with the toasted almonds.
The First Peche Melba
It was the legendary Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel who unleashed this culinary concoction on the world. He had heard Dame Nellie Melba sing at Covent Garden and was inspired to create a dessert just for her.
Rumour told that the great Diva absolutely loved ice cream but could eat it only rarely, afraid the chill would damage her vocal cords. Escoffier created a sauce of raspberries, redcurrant syrup and sugar, which took the initial chill off the ice cream.
He served it in an ice sculpture of a swan to celebrate her famed performance of Lohengrin. A classic dessert was born!
The Great Dame
Dame Nellie Melba
She was the greatest soprano in the world.
Famous for last performances, mobbed by fans and intimate with royals, she scandalised society by flaunting her love affair with a dashing Duke.
Nellie was some Dame!
© 2010 Susanna Duffy