Friday, January 13, 2017

January 13, National Peach Melba Day

Peach Melba is a dessert of peaches and raspberry sauce with vanilla ice cream. The dish was invented in the 1890's by the French chef Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel, London, to honor the Australian soprano Nellie Melba.



Recipe.: Peach Melba
  • Makes: 2 servings
  • Serving Size: 1/2 peach, 1 tsp. jam topping, 1/4 cup ice cream
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

1 1/2cupswater
1/4cupsugar
2tsp.fresh lemon juice
1/4tsp.pure vanilla extract
1med.peach, peeled, halved, and pitted
2tsp.no-sugar-added raspberry jam
1/2cupsugar-free, reduced-fat, Vanilla Ice Cream 

Directions


  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water and sugar to boiling. Add the lemon juice and vanilla. Reduce the heat to low. Add the peach halves to the syrup and cook for 7 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and allow the peach halves to cool in the syrup for 30 minutes.
  2. Using a slotted spoon, place the peach halves in dessert dishes. Cut into slices, if desired. Heat the jam in a microwave-safe container for 15 seconds, until melted.
  3. Top the peach slices with scoops of the ice cream, drizzle with the jam, and garnish with fresh raspberries.

In 1892, Nellie Melba was performing in Wagner's opera Lohengrin at Covent Garden. The Duke of Orléans gave a dinner party to celebrate her triumph. For the occasion, Escoffier created a new dessert, and to display it, he used an ice sculpture of a swan, which is featured in the opera. The swan carried peaches which rested on a bed of vanilla ice cream and which were topped with spun sugar. In 1900 Escoffier created a new version of the dessert. For the occasion of the opening of the Carlton Hotel, where he was head chef, Escoffier omitted the ice swan and topped the peaches with raspberry purée. Other versions of this dessert use pears, apricots, or strawberries instead of peaches and/or use raspberry sauce or melted red currant jelly instead of raspberry purée.

Resources.
1. Wikipedia. 
Peach Melba
2. Food Network. Peach Melba, Recipe courtesy of Nigella Lawson
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