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Peche Melba - Dessert for a Diva

Updated on October 21, 2014

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

Basic Syrup

1 cup sugar

2 cups water

¼cup lemon juice

zest of one lemon

1 vanilla bean

Raspberry Sauce

2 cups raspberries (cleaned)

2 tbsp. lemon juice

½ 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

Peach Preparation

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

To serve

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.

Cast your vote for Peche Melba

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

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    • Fran Tollett profile image

      Fran Tollett 

      5 years ago

      LOVE peach melba dessert crepes <3 Great stuff here

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      6 years ago

      Nellie was some dame alright and peche melba is a befitting dessert named for her

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      6 years ago

      Looks sooooo delicious. Interesting to get some history along with it.

    • cuteordeath profile image


      7 years ago

      That looks sooo good. I didn't know about the history of it! Thanks! :)

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for a bit of history with this dessert.

    • RhondaAlbom profile image

      Rhonda Albom 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      You Aussies sure like to claim everything delicious. Actually, I have no idea where peach melba originated, but you sure make it look wonderful here.


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