The pleasure of poached peaches…..

Poached peaches are so pleasing is not an early morning attach of alliteration but an avowal of a new truth learnt. The recipe that I used for Peach Melba demanded that the peaches should be poached in vanilla syrup for around 8 minutes. Having previously treated peaches as the most delicate and fragile of fruit, only pouring a little boiling water over them before carefully removing the skin, I was surprised at their metamorphosis into an even more delicious entity through the ordeal of boiling.

Recipe for Peach Melba:

4 ripe peaches, 2 tablespoons of caster sugar, a vanilla pod, raspberries.

1/Put the 4 peaches in a pan and just cover with cold water. Add the two tablespoons of sugar and the vanilla pod and bring to the boil. Gently poach the peaches for 6-8 minutes. Off the heat, remove the peaches with a slotted spoon and slide off the skins. Leave them to cool and then carefully cut them in half, removing the stones.

2/Whizz the raspberries with an immersion blender and pass them through a sieve to get rid of the pips.

3/ Chill the glass bowls that you intend to serve them in. Put a ball of very good vanilla ice cream in the bowl and arrange two peach halves around it. Pour over a little of the raspberry sauce.


About Food,Photography & France

Photographer and film maker living in France. After a long career in London, my wife and I have settled in the Vendee, where we run residential digital photography courses with a strong gastronomic flavour.
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5 Responses to The pleasure of poached peaches…..

  1. banbamama says:

    mouth watering stuff.

  2. Oh my, how pretty are those poached peaches! So delicate!

  3. Wonderful, I was hoping we’d get that recipe. Looks fantastic.

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  5. JamieAnne says:

    Beautiful, wonderful…I’ve got peaches, I will be adding raspberries to my grocery list.

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