Escoffier’s original recipe is still one of the best desserts ever created. Simple yet fundamentally superb.  Fresh peaches and berries, in season, complement this treasure.  When not available, canned peaches and seedless raspberry preserves diluted with some brandy and warmed make ideal substitutes.  Named for Nellie Melba, a famed Australian opera singer, Escoffier created this glorious creation while at the Savoy Hotel, London in 1892.  An instant classic, this has become a favorite treat around the globe.

Peach Melba

Peach Melba (Escoffier)
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Serves: 4
  • 2 large fresh ripe peaches; or,
  • 3 medium fresh ripe peaches
  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • pureed raspberries: either fresh or frozen, defrosted
  • slivered almonds (optional)
  1. Quickly dip whole peaches into boiling water for a few seconds, then immediately plunge into ice cold water. Peel and pit the peaches and then slice. Arrange the peach slices on a dish or in a parfait glass.
  2. Place several scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream on top of the sliced peaches, and pour the raspberry puree over the ice cream.
  3. Garnish with sliced almonds, if desired.
Canned peaches and seedless raspberry preserves may be used.

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