Chef John's Peach Melba

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Peach Melba was created for Victorian era opera star Nellie Melba by the greatest chef of the time, Auguste Escoffier, who also named some thin, crispy toasts in her honor years later.

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh or frozen raspberries

  • cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • teaspoon balsamic vinegar

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

  • 3 peaches, halved and pitted

  • 6 scoops vanilla ice cream

  • ¼ cup sliced almonds

Directions

  1. Combine raspberries, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, water, and balsamic vinegar in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook until sugar dissolves and berries collapse, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and strain into a bowl. Cool to room temperature, cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.

  2. Combine 2 cups sugar, 2 cups water, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and split vanilla bean in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

  3. Place peach halves with cut sides up in the syrup and simmer until tender, 5 to 8 minutes per side, basting with the syrup occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool in the syrup. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, about 4 hours.

  4. Remove peach skins and serve each peach half on top of a scoop of ice cream in a bowl. Spoon the raspberry sauce over the top. Garnish with toasted, slivered almonds.

    close up view of Peach Melbas in white ramekins
    Erin

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

421 Calories
5g Fat
97g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 421
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 21mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 97g 35%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 91g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 40mg 200%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 187mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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