Jul 8, 2015

Quick and Easy Peach Melba


It's already Peach season (woohoo!!!) so I thought it is just the right time to share a post about one of my favorite summer fruits - juicy and delicious peaches! While we often end up just eating the ripe, plump peaches on their own unadorned, occasionally, we use them for making delicious desserts, too. One of the easiest and quickest dessert I make with peaches is Peach Melba.

Peach Melba is essentially peaches with raspberry sauce and served with ice cream. A very simple and yet delicious recipe that's summer perfect. This dessert was created by a French chef in honor of Nellie Melba, a soprano, who performed at an opera in Covent Garden in 1892. I didn't know this fact until I actually made Peach Melba and was intrigued to find out its origin. I will be quite excited to pass by Covent Garden when we go to London this August and remember this and perhaps even have a cuppa at the Savoy Hotel where the chef first made this dessert. I wonder if they still serve it there! :)


For this particular recipe, you can either broil the peaches (if it's not too hot to turn the oven on or if you have a separate broiler) or simply give the peaches a quick grill to let out all it's juicy flavors. The photos show the broiled peaches but I hope to update this with some grilled ones, too. If you wish to include the skin, make sure to use organic peaches and preferably organic raspberries for the sauce, too. I also used mango ice cream here and thought that it would nicely complement the peaches but feel free to use plain vanilla ice cream, too. Whether you broil or grill the peaches, this dessert is really refreshing and delicious! Make it while peaches are in season.



Quick and Easy Peach Melba






Quick and easy, delicious summer recipe made from grilled or broiled peaches, served with ice cream then drizzled with fresh raspberry sauce - yummy Peach Melba!

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe Peaches, halved and pitted
  • 2 Tablespoons melted Butter (if grilling peaches)
  • 1 pint fresh Raspberries (about 2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup granulated Sugar (or honey, to taste)
  • Mango or Vanilla Ice Cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat the broiler. Place the peach halves, cut-sides up, on a baking/cookie sheet. Broil for 3-4 minutes until warmed up and softened slightly.
  2. Alternatively, preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Brush the peach halves with melted butter and grill for 3 to 4 minutes or until they are tender.
  3. While the peaches are broiling or grilling, place the raspberries and sugar in a food processor or blender and process until pureed. Adjust the sweetness to your taste. To make a smoother sauce, strain to remove the seeds. Use the remaining puree. 
  4. Transfer the peaches to serving plates and then top each with a scoop of ice cream. Drizzle over the raspberry sauce. Enjoy immediately! So easy and quick!
Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 3-4 Minutes
Total Time: 19 Minutes


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34 comments

  1. I'm so excited for peach season too!! My local Jersey peaches aren't *quite* ripe, but it should be very soon. I'll have to make this beautiful dish!

    -Julie @ Texan New Yorker

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    1. Wonderful - hope you like it Julie! :)

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  2. I love the use of fresh fruit, the peaches and raspberries, to make this elegant dessert. It's what summer is partly about. :) Nicely done!

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    1. Yup, we take advantage of the fresh summer produce! Thanks Cristina!

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  3. Just what I've been looking for- another way to enjoy summer peaches. I love the idea of grilling peaches in the summertime. Great tip to keep the heat out of the kitchen. Can't wait to try it. Bon Apetit, Dana @FoodieGoesHealthy

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  4. I never actually knew what peach melba actually was before! I love the combo of fruits used, so I know I'd love this.

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    1. Thanks Faith and hope you get to try this!

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  5. What a lovely version of peach melba, light and still as delicious as the original I'll bet. I love grilled peaches.

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    1. Grilled peaches are so delish, I agree! Thanks, Laura!

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  6. Peaches are excellent when broiled, baked or roasted! I love the homemade raspberry sauce and the ice cream served with your broiled peaches. :)

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    1. They all work together to make a yummy dessert, indeed! Thanks Julie!

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  7. GORGEOUS dessert, and sounds so easy and fresh!

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    1. I do love the simplicity of this dessert, Kristina!

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  8. Even though I've never had peach melba, I was trying to think of a peach recipe to try and this one came to mind today - and viola, your post appeared! It looks amazing and so tempting!

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    1. Please enjoy Alisa and thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Who doesn't love peaches and an easy dessert? This fits the bill perfectly!

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    1. I don't know anyone who doesn't! Thanks Jean!

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  10. My daughter loves peaches! She would have a great time with these!

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  11. Dear Abigail, this dessert looks beautiful! Such a perfect summer treat. xo, Catherine

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    1. I wish fresh peaches were available the whole year through so we can make this all the time! Thanks Catherine!

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  12. I love all of these peach recipes showing up recently. I love the sound of a quick and easy treat :)

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    1. Easy and simple is always a winner for me, too. Thanks Cathleen!

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  13. Love peach season! And I love warm peaches with fresh ice cream.

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    1. It's just yummy comfort food in a bowl, isn't it? :)

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  14. Love the idea! What an easy treat.

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    1. Thanks Richa and hope you get to try it!

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    1. So simple indeed but truly tasty, too. Thanks Rachel!

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  16. Peach and raspberry is such a delicious combo. This looks amazing!

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  17. These are gorgeous. I love the use of mango ice cream for an extra pop of fruit flavor!

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  18. I love fruit desserts during the summer, especially with ice cream! This looks dreamy and simple.

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