I know I haven’t posted in over a week, but with school back in session, that’s about the best that I can do until a break comes around (and this weekend is Labor Day!). I have some fresh raspberries to make into a sauce and smother over some fresh peaches and vanilla ice cream to make one of my all-time fave flavor combination recipes: PEACH MELBA!
Many of you are familiar with the story behind the dessert:
The legendary chef, Escoffier in London, created this classic dessert in the late 1800’s solely in honor of a famous opera singer, Nellie Melba, who was performing in London. The dessert was first presented in a beautiful silver bowl that was placed between the wings of a stunning “swan” ice sculpture. In the bowl was vanilla ice cream covered by peaches and spun sugar. The swan idea was drawn from her last act in the opera. Escoffier did not add raspberry puree to the recipe until years later (without any jams or jellies added either).
- 1 to 2 fresh sliced peaches
- ½ cup of sugar (for peaches)
- 8 - 12 oz. fresh or frozen raspberries, thawed
- ½ cups sugar (for raspberries) or more if preferred
- ½ tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp. Chambord (raspberry liqueur)
- Garnish: Italian Pizelles or Biscotti
- In a medium bowl, combine the sliced peaches with the sugar and set aside.
- A nice juice will form.
- With a large mesh sieve set over another medium bowl, gently press the raspberries against the sieve with a large spoon so that everything presses through except the seeds.
- Throw the seeds away.
- With the pulp and juice of the raspberries, add the lemon juice, sugar and raspberry liqueur.
- Blend well.
- In individual serving bowls, place several scoops of vanilla ice-cream.
- Stir the peaches again and then ladle them over the ice cream.
- Spoon the raspberry puree all over the peaches and ice cream.
- Garnish with a Pizelle or Biscott cookie!.
So simple and yet so good!
And GREAT for all of us busy peeps who need fast and easy desserts to please!
Have a relaxed, restorative, rejuvenating Labor Day holiday!