ffwD: Peach Melba

This was my first experience making peach melba, and I was surprised how tasty it was. Well, I knew the peaches would be delicious because they’re in season, but I was extremely satisfied by the poaching syrup! I went all out and used the lemon verbena leaves, strips of lemon zest, the vanilla bean pod with seeds, and Chambord. I poached the peaches overnight, and the lemon-vanilla-raspberry flavors were intensely infused into the soft fruit. The raspberry sauce added a bit of tartness, while the almond slices gave the dessert a nice crunch. I adjusted to make this dish vegan-friendly by skipping the ice cream and using non-dairy whipped topping. This dessert is definitely in my normal rotation now!

This peach melba assignment was made as a part of French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

69 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Liz Weber Berg
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 07:01:28

    Beautifully done, my friend!!! Happy #100!!!

  2. TrafficDiva
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 07:07:41

    A happy Friday dessert, indeed! Save the ice cream for me!!! Have a great weekend Yummy!

  3. Food,Photography & France
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 07:10:34

    Very delicious. What a Dame she must have been, that Nellie Meiba:)

  4. Cher
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 07:19:31

    Hope your cleanse is still going well.
    It looks like it adapted easily to your current diet plan (and not a raw onion in sight).

  5. rondamkisner
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 07:22:03

    I am not sure that “non-dairy whipped topping” can really be considered healthy, but it does look delish! I have lemon verbena growing in my herb garden….might be time to pick it!

  6. Inger Wilkerson
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 07:48:34

    Peaches and raspberries are two of my favorites! Looks great!

  7. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 07:57:28

    I´m glad you liked it so much, especially after the cleanse you went through. I don´t have a fresh peach in sight so I opted to make the ice cream. It looks delicious and very colorful. Have a great weekend!

  8. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 08:31:03

    Yes this dessert will now be in my regular rotation too – LOVED IT!

  9. bakeawaywithme.com
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 09:04:19

    I loved this one too! What’s not to like…peaches, raspberries and ice cream…YUM! Looks great!! Happy 100th, YC! It been a pleasure!

  10. cooking varieties
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 09:33:34

    hi yummy chunk. i can understand your craving for this delicious looking peach melba. i would too. great pic. have a nice day

  11. Geraldine Saucier
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 10:53:25

    This was a great dessert. I agree with you, the poaching syrup was fantastic. It made the peaches very tasty. Happy 100th!

  12. Tandy
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 10:58:49

    Looks delicious! I must plant some lemon verbena🙂

  13. saffronandhoney
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 11:06:38

    Gorgeous! I love peaches but, I agree, the syrup almost stole the show in this dish!

  14. The Squishy Monster
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 11:30:48

    I love the colors in this post! I was just over there and y’all are both awesome!

  15. machisan
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 12:04:05

    that would be my favourite dessert…

  16. spicegirlfla
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 12:49:36

    So pretty and artfully arranged! I like desserts that can be prepped ahead with just finishing touches before serving. And peaches are definitely the fruit of choice right now, love it!!

  17. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 12:54:01

    How gorgeous…it literally pops off the page! Good for you for sticking to your vegan cleanse!

  18. Colleen @ Culinary Colleen
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 12:55:22

    This looks so impressive! And a great way to celebrate summer fruits!

  19. dulceshome
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 15:34:25

    Looks delicious!!

  20. oneexpatslife
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 16:08:12

    Wasn’t that syrup the best? As I type this I am enjoying it in a glass of sparkling wine and my mind is churning out other ways to use it.

  21. Sammie
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 17:51:29

    Whoa! I’ve never heard of a melba but it sure looks delicious! I especially love the way you plated it! Great job!

  22. Cakelaw
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 18:58:09

    Looks great YC – I loved this too.

  23. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 19:32:21

    It has been ages since I’ve bothered with making something special. This is so YUM! I’m inspired!🙂

  24. Jenn and Seth
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 22:08:17

    oh my gosh this is just gorgeous! looks super delicious!

  25. Anita Menon
    Aug 25, 2012 @ 01:15:29

    Love the colorful recipe. Sounds absolutely exotic

  26. Three Well Beings
    Aug 25, 2012 @ 01:17:28

    I love a good peach recipe! They aren’t with us all that long and deserve special attention! Debra

  27. eatinglikeahorse
    Aug 25, 2012 @ 02:44:31

    I was just looking at a recipe for peach melba the other day and thinking how great it looked – but yours looks much better! Adding almonds is a fab idea and I bet the topping finished it off perfectly🙂

  28. kitchen flavours
    Aug 25, 2012 @ 06:36:54

    wow, looks absolutely delicious! A delightful dessert!

  29. Marta@ What should I eat for breakfast today
    Aug 25, 2012 @ 07:32:43

    lovely dessert. And it’s a peach season over here, so I’ll be happy to try this recipe.

  30. Bam's Kitchen
    Aug 25, 2012 @ 07:44:35

    Happy 100th Dorie Post. I like the fact that this dessert is a little naughty and little nice as it has healthy fruits and even lactose free whipped cream.

  31. loavesandstitches
    Aug 25, 2012 @ 08:04:55

    Very pretty! We loved this as well.

  32. Betty
    Aug 25, 2012 @ 08:25:09

    Beautiful! I can just imagine the flavors in those poached peaches.🙂

  33. libishski
    Aug 25, 2012 @ 09:07:05

    I see summer fruits!

    (sadly, no sight of summer in Australia just yet… sigh).

  34. libishski
    Aug 25, 2012 @ 09:07:43

    I see summer fruits!

    (sadly no signs of summer in Australia as we speak… sigh)

  35. rebecca
    Aug 25, 2012 @ 09:12:37

    looks great have a great weekend

  36. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Aug 25, 2012 @ 10:24:59

    I love the peach melba is the latest recipe for your group! It’s such a traditional recipe but here you’ve made it current by making it vegan! It looks scrumptious!

  37. Balvinder
    Aug 25, 2012 @ 11:27:54

    With so many peaches on my tree I would love to try this.

  38. Erin E
    Aug 25, 2012 @ 12:45:48

    Looks delicious! Glad you enjoyed it!

  39. Parsley Sage
    Aug 25, 2012 @ 12:47:13

    Ooooh! I’d be down with adding this to MY rotation too🙂 Absolutely delicious!

  40. kyleen
    Aug 25, 2012 @ 23:16:37

    On my goodness peaches and raspberries are so awesome together. Your melba looks so juicy and delicious.

  41. Zen and Genki
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 00:26:05

    That looks like happiness on a plate (and tastiness in the mouth, I’m sure:))

  42. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 02:42:27

    I love peaches and your post only made me crave for more! Looks delicious~~~~!

  43. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 04:56:05

    I really wish stone fruits were in season! Only a few more months to go….your peach melba looks wonderful!

  44. Skylor (@SproutLifestyle)
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 10:04:30

    Yum! I am in a cabin right now with a table covered in delicious, huge fresh peaches. Sounds like this could be something that everyone would love for me to make!

  45. nana
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 12:27:29

    Everything looks delicious. I used Creme de Cassis in my syrup, but
    I think the Chambord would be great too. All the ingredients just work so well together.

  46. atasteofmadess
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 13:21:52

    Oh my goodness, I think that this should be in my normal rotation, this looks scrumptious!

  47. cookingsgoodSuzi
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 16:09:12

    Oh my gosh what a beauty. I so wish I had had the time to make this one. I am still going to try to. Beautiful photo.

  48. Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 16:53:22

    I need to make this before the peach season is over.

  49. ceciliag
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 19:01:00

    oo that sounds just gorgeous, i love peaches any which way! c

  50. Velva
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 19:49:17

    This is beautiful. Love peach melba and you presentation brings it to a new level.

  51. betsy
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 21:25:55

    I really liked this one too. Happy #100!

  52. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 21:35:44

    This is just so colourful and delicious looking! What a tempting dish.

  53. Reem | Simply Reem
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 21:59:50

    Looks Gorgeous…
    I need to use more peaches, I just don’t know why I am not using them these days…
    I am loving this dish and the sound of little tart raspberry sauce .. YUM!

  54. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 22:02:21

    Absolutely wonderful! I am craving this.

  55. Ameena
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 22:33:38

    This might be a stupid question but how does one poach peaches overnight? In a crockpot? Or is it safe to do so on the stove?

    I’ve never had a peach melba before…looks delicious.

  56. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 00:23:42

    I love this…it was one of the first desserts I can recall having. What great memories….it looks luscious!

  57. hotlyspiced
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 06:15:33

    What a lovely looking peach melba. It’s sounds lovely with the syrup and I would love to try it with those leaves – haven’t cooked with those before xx

  58. Amanda chic
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 06:44:47

    Loving this post! Mmmm😀

    A chic kiss😉

  59. Liz
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 07:25:10

    PS…I lucked out when I found those pristine raspberries. Fresh Market is usually my best source…and they didn’t disappoint last week🙂

  60. mireia
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:40:36

    mmmm this looks perfect for a summer dessert!

  61. Purely.. Kay
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 13:20:37

    Those raspberries are definitely calling me in that photo. Simply delicious

  62. Alice
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 17:05:24

    yours looks so freakin delicious!!!

  63. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 21:36:48

    LOVE peach melba!

  64. Gracie ~ Food Fascination
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 23:31:53

    Yum. Looks so good!

  65. Susan Holding
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 19:41:14

    Wasn’t it an amazing surprise? So glad we all tried it as we celebrate 100! Cheers!

  66. kitchen therapy
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 06:19:52

    Love the vibrant colours! Looks delicious!

  67. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 03:01:45

    The syrup here is quite a show stealer I say!🙂

  68. jora
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 10:34:36

    This was a great one, wasn’t it! Yours is beautiful. It’s even better with real ice cream🙂 Congrats on finishing the cleanse!

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