Peach Melba

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Peaches:
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod, split lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 8 peaches
  • Raspberry sauce:
  • 3 cups raspberries
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • To serve:
  • 1 large tub vanilla ice
Directions

Put the water, sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla pod into a wide saucepan and heat gently to dissolve the sugar. Bring the pan to the boil and let it bubble away for about 5 minutes, then turn the heat down to a fast simmer.

Cut the peaches in half, and if the stones come out easily then remove them, if not then you can get them out later. Poach the peach halves in the sugar syrup for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side depending on the ripeness of the fruit. Test the cut side with the sharp point of a knife to see if they are soft, and then remove them to a plate with a slotted spoon.

When all the peaches are poached, peel off their skins and let them cool (then you can remove any remaining stones). If you are making them a day in advance then let the poaching syrup cool and then pour into a dish with the peaches. Otherwise just bag up the syrup and freeze it for the next time you poach peaches.

To make the raspberry sauce, liquidize the raspberries, confectioners' sugar, and lemon juice in a blender or a food processor. Sieve to remove the pits and pour the puree into a jug.

To assemble the Peach Melba, allow 2 peach halves per person and sit them on each plate alongside a scoop or 2 of ice cream. Spoon the raspberry sauce over each.


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    It is soo simple to make, but taste like you spent hours on it! Fabulous!! Will make for friends and family anytime. I also didn't strain the raspberries and it was still great!
    I made this for the first time and loved it. My boyfriend could not stop eating this. I used fat free frozen vanilla yogurt instead of ice cream, but we didn't miss the fat. I saved the syrup from the peaches and plan to reuse it for next time.
    I just saw her show last summer where she made this. The peaches were in season and I made it. Wonderful! The peaches are in season again and I am making this again. My whole family loves it. The finished dish is so beautiful too.
    Straight forward and delicious.
     

     
    My "judges" commented most on the "yumminess" of the raspberry sauce and I used raspberries from the grocery store, not those freshly picked.
     

     
    As for the vanilla pods, they add a lovely fragrant touch! My friend advised me to save the pods and add them to a jar filled with sugar to make "vanilla sugar."
     

     
    Only downside, expensive ingredients, but you get what you pay for!
     

     
    YUM
    This recipe turned out perfect. I used Haagen Dazs vanilla frozen yogurt and it is delicious. Peaches are not in season here, yet, so my peaches were a little firm and not very flavorful...but once they cooked in the sugar bath, they were fantastic.
    Made this during peach season for weeklong house guests and we slurped up every bit of it. Not difficult to prepare, beautiful in the bowl and simplistic yet decadent. You'll love every bite. We ate ours with Wisconsin vanilla custard ice cream. Even better!
     
    Great show stopper recipe for a big get together...you could make everything ahead of time!
    Easy to make and lots of wow factor. Straining sauce takes a bit of time but well worth the result.
    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    This recipe is a must have for any home cook! Make sure you use cling peaches, and this will turn out amazingly! I htink it really is fool proof! Elegant, beautiful presentation, and insanely good! It tastes so fresh, and the combination of warm peaches with cool ice cream and the tart of berry is amazing! Make it! You will not regret it!
    My peaches were not in season, so they were woody,, and would not peel. but it tasted great anyways..
    This really isn't too hard of recipe other than the preparation time. I have loved this dessert for years and really like this basic recipe for it. Two of my favorite fruits combined with ice cream...how can you go wrong.
    My son and I had fun making this together (he's 11) and we really liked the flavor of this dessert. The syrup is super duper sweet though so don't make the mistake of adding any of the liquid to your bowl! I love desserts that are delish but also contain fruits so it doesn't feel quite as sinful!! Also, make sure you cook the peaches long enough otherwise the skins are hard to remove and extremely annoying if you decide not to remove them before serving.
    This was fabulous. The flavors of the peaches and raspberries are a match made in heaven. My only complaint is that I can't find peaches year round!
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