Favorite French Recipes

A great fountain in Aix that had a special golden light as the sun set.

Peach Melba (Poached peaches with raspberry sauce.)

Sometimes the best tasting recipes are the simplest. I find this especially true with French recipes-just a few ingredients but, oh, so special. At a recent dinner with a French couple I decided to have Peach Melba for dessert. The French aren’t huge at giving compliments but this dessert sure got them. They said that the best dessert on a hot summer night is one with fruit. I wish I had remembered to take a photo as it is a truly lovely dessert.

Peach Melba

4 cups water
1/4 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
3 large peaches
For the raspberry sauce:
1 pound fresh or frozen raspberries
1 Tab. lemon juice
3 Tab. sugar
3 Tab raspberry liquer (optional)
vamilla ice cream, to serve
mint leaves, to decorate

In a saucepan large enough to hold the peach halves in a single layer, combine the water, sugar and vanilla bean. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar.
Cut the peach in half and twist the halves to separate them and remove the peach pits. Add the peach halves to the poaching syrup, cut side down, adding more water if needed to cover the fruit. Press a piece of was paper against the surface of the syrup, reduce the heat to medium-low, then cover and simmer for 15 minutes until tender. Remove the pan from the heat and let the peaches cool in the syruph. (I didn’t have wax paper. In fact I can’t remember the last time I did, so I just used foil.)
Remove the peaches from the syrup and peel off the skins. Place on several thicknesses of paper towels to drain. Then chill.
Put the raspberries, lemon juice and sugar in a food processor and process for 1 minute with metal blade. Press the liquid through a fine strainer into a small bowl. Add liquer and chill.
To serve, place a peach half, cut side up on a dessert plates, fill with a scoop of vanill ice cream and spoon the raspberry sauce over the ice cream. Decorate with mint leaves.

It is a great looking dessert with the bright red sauce flowing over the ice cream and the orange tinged peach. So nice when it is hot and a really lovely mix of flavors.

3 thoughts to “Favorite French Recipes”

  1. Oooh Linda! That recipe sounds sooo good!!! I have peaches still! (I even gave a couple to yo sista!) Think I will try it.

    You know, I think about your photographs all the time. Have you ever submitted any to, say, National Geographic or Discovery? You should think about it. They are simply marvelous. Perhaps Tara would be able to help with a contact–or you two could go into cahoots! You are too good for just “us!” Share the wealth! You have a wonderful eye!

  2. Merci. Rose, I think you are my biggest fan. I am not very pushy with my work-waiting for the world to come to me and, as we all know, that seldom happens. Linda

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