How could I resist making this week’s assigned French Fridays with Dorie recipe? ( As you can see, I didn’t!) I especially couldn’t resist this latest FFWD recipe for a peach sundae created by Auguste Escoffier for the nineteenth century opera singer Nellie Melba. Taking the fascinating history of the first peach melba aside, this is still one unique combination of flavors in a very creative sundae that has stood the test of time. Peach melba, while not a typical offering in an American ice cream shop is fairly easy and fun to make, maybe it’s the effort that goes into poaching the peaches that keeps it off the menu(?) I remember sharing a banana split but never a peach melba, we always went for the banana splits, more ice cream- plus banana- plus chocolate sauce. I placed all my ingredients (mise en place) on the counter and went to town putting together, from the sweet poached peach bottom to the toasted slivered almond tops, my first peach melbas. First I nestled a small (petite) scoop of raspberry sorbet on top of my peach half resting on a spoonful of it’s poaching liquid. Then the real fun began as I added fresh raspberries around the sides of the peach, mostly to keep the peach company but also because I like raspberries. I spooned a generous amount of crème fraiche over the sorbet and then went to work dousing the entire concoction with fresh raspberry sauce, fortified with a good shot of cassis- which does bring out the raspberry flavor as well as add it’s own personality to the peach melba. Then with a slight flick of the wrist I topped my sundae with toasted almonds. Just imagine the joy we experienced spooning into these peach melbas after dinner tonight, thank you Dorie for another sublime recipe. Please check out the other contributors to French Fridays with Dorie, an online cooking group celebrating 100 recipes made from Around My French Table this week. Please find a link to the Peach Melba Recipe at- Baking with Dorie: End -of-Summer Sundae.
French Fridays Peach Melba
August 24, 2012 · 40 Comments