ffwd: peach melba

Peach Melba is a dish I hadn’t thought of in decades. When I was a child, I spent a few days of my summer vacations visiting with my grandparents, by myself. My father’s parents lived in Center City Philadelphia, so it was an urban adventure for a suburban girl. My Gram took me to museums, to lunch, and all around the town. We had a great time. My Pop-Pop worked nights, so each evening, Gram made a delicious dinner before sending him off to work.

Often, for dessert, she would make a special treat: Peach Melba. This is not something I ever had at home, or anywhere else, come to think of it. I’m sure I thought that my Gram invented it. Sliced peaches, vanilla ice cream, and raspberry sauce. Sort of a sundae, but something more.

I was thrilled to see that Dorie had a recipe to share for this dessert. I was game to try it for myself. I poached fresh peaches in a lemony sugar syrup, then boosted the syrup with cassis and vanilla extract which made it blush. For the sauce, I pureed frozen raspberries (from my yard) with a little of the syrup. For the ice cream, I was going to make a batch from Jeni’s Splendid recipe. (Have you tried this? If not, you must! It’s amazing, seriously). As usual, I ran out of time, so opted for Ben & Jerry’s instead.

In a fun glass, layer a spoonful of syrup, poached peaches (I used a quarter), some ice cream, and more peaches. Drizzle with raspberry sauce and sprinkle with toasted almonds. You have a festive dessert, and for me, a very nostalgic one, filled with happy memories of time spent with my grandmother.

Gram and Me (August 2002)

This marks the 100th recipe for French Fridays with Dorie. We’ve been at this for nearly two years, starting in October 2010. Each week, we cook a recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s book Around My French Table. I can honestly say that, even though I am a cookbookaholic, I have never made so many recipes from a single book before. I’ve made 95 of the 100 recipes so far. It’s been a blast, and I’ve “met” so many wonderful people from around the world. I’m glad that the adventure will continue. Cheers to my fellow Doristas and to Dorie Greenspan!

You can check out other Peach Melba experiences at the LYL post for this recipe on French Fridays with Dorie.

P.S. I just diced up a poached peach in mixed it along with raspberry sauce into Greek yogurt. Peach melba was great for breakfast, too!


Posted on 24 August 2012, in Family, French Fridays with Dorie, Summer and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. What great memories evoked by this dish! And a lovely photo of you and your grandma~

    PS…congrats on making 95/100 recipes! That’s amazing!!!

  2. Betsy – lovely memory.
    We went with an ice cream from Jeni’s Spendid Ice Creams – and you are right, her ice cream is a treat.
    It’s been a pleasure getting to know you & thank you for taking on the role of an additional admin for FFwD.

  3. Betsy, Loved that the peach melba brought back such wonderful memories for you! Peach melba for breakfast with yogurt sounds lovely…now I know what I’ll do with my extra peach!
    Very nice post!! Happy 100th!!
    I agree with Cher…Thank you!!

  4. Lovely memory indeed :) ANd I LOVE the idea of Peach Melba for breakfast!!

  5. Great idea for Peach Melba Yogurt:) I loved your story about the time you spent with your grandparents and the great times and food you had. Wonderful memories:) Have a great weekend!

  6. Thanks for the great post. What a cute picture of you and your Gram! Nice memories!

    I haven’t made quite all of the recipes either, but I agree, this has been a fun adventure. Before I started on this trip I was marking up my book with the recipes and what I’ve made. Didn’t get quite through all 100, you did better than me.

  7. So nice that our 100th recipe coincides with a dish that reminds you of your Grandmother. This group has been a wonderful adventure so far and I’m so happy to have ‘met’ everyone involved.

  8. Betsy, very lovely post, i agree wholeheartedly with the other wonderful comments – you made 95 of the 100 recipes so far, I am in awe of you and all of the other terrific Doristas and I am grateful to be part of this wonderful online group. Although I only joined a few months ago, it has been and will continue to be quite an adventure. Looking forward to many more recipes to be explored!

    Have a great weekend!

  9. Hmm, you’re the second one to mention this ice cream recipe so I’ll have to check it out. But isn’t it nice to have Ben and Jerry to fall back on? As a Vermont girl I am a loyal fan of their ice cream.

    Lovely post, such a nice story about your grandparents. How sweet that this dessert brought back such fond memories for you.

  10. So glad this recipe reminded you of your Gram. And wasn’t it delicious! Love the photo of you and you Gram – such a precious memory.

  11. Lots of wonderful memories for you this week, love the picture of you with Gram;-)
    Congratulations on the celebration of your milestone this week- that’s a lot of recipes!
    I think I’ll have a poached pear for breakfast right now;-)

  12. Lovely post, and such nice memories. Tricia and her boys, as well as hubby and myself all enjoyed this recipe. I actually loved the poached peaches and bought some this week
    at the farm to have in the fridge. They are so refreshing this way. Have a great weekend.

  13. Betsy, At least you had some Peach Melba left over to enjoy for breakfast also. Most of us made reference to the fact in our Posts that there was nothing left! You are lucky to have enjoyed this as a kid – it’s only been restaurant fare for me. To my thinking, food and memories are what makes up a platefull of happiness. Thank you for sharing the memory and the picture. Brought a smile to my face this morning.

  14. I wish I could make my own ice cream, your melba looks great!

  15. Betsy – thank you for your very kind comment. I joined FFwD to learn how to be a better cook and I found something much more meaningful – community.

  16. What a lovely tribute to your grandmother. Thank you for stepping in to the admin role – I’m available to be an admin on the Facebook Page, if you need me to.

    This has been a wonderful journey & I look forward to continuing along the path with you!

  17. What a wonderful post! I just love seeing families involved and hearing your memories of your grandmother…and the photo of the two of you is priceless and beautiful, thank you so much for sharing. Your Peach Melba looks stellar…wasn’t this such a treat even for us without such great memories of it?! Congrats on 95 recipes…wow. I was in the original TWD group, and hoped to be more of a regular here, fell off a bit, but I am just now getting back into it and hope to do some rewinds…not to make them all as our tastes don’t run in all directions and my MAJOR eater (i.e. boy that swims 6 days a week for the past 13 years) has left for college, decreasing our food/recipe/menu/grocery bills by more than half, but at least do a bit of damage to the book. 95 is TERRIFIC, congrats! Thanks for your new role as administrator!

  18. oh my gosh! You mentioned my favorite food and now I have to go try the Greek yogurt with the peaches. It’s going to be soooooo good! Cheers to 100!

  19. Beautiful sundae, and what a fun way to enjoy a happy memory of your Gram!

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