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Imagine a dessert that feels like a sun-kissed afternoon in a peach orchard. Our Classic Peach Melba recipe is that daydream come to life, with sweet peaches as the star.

This lovely dessert is paired with a raspberry melba sauce, and every bite transports you to a summer memory. And the finale? A dollop of creamy vanilla ice cream that pairs sweetly with peach and raspberry goodness.

This treat promises a delicious trip down memory lane, perfect for a fancy dessert or a quiet moment on the porch. Ready for a taste? Give this Classic Peach Melba Recipe a try today!  

A white bowl containing a serving of peach melba.
Give this Classic Peach Melba recipe a try today!

🍑 What makes this recipe special?

There’s magic in simplicity, and our Classic Peach Melba is proof. While some desserts pile on the extras, this one lets natural flavors shine. It’s a celebration of summer’s best gifts.

But it’s not just about taste. The blend of juicy peaches, tart raspberry sauce, and velvety ice cream creates a texture dance that’s hard to resist. Every spoonful feels like a mini-adventure in your mouth.

Lastly, this treat is versatile! Enjoy it on a hot day to cool down, or warm up those peaches for a comforting winter surprise. No matter the season, Peach Melba is always in style.

If you want a peach recipe, but this one is not for you, try this Grilled Peaches with Honey Whipped Mascarpone recipe. This would be a great dessert for this Creamy Lemon Butter Sauce over Farfalle Pasta or perfect for these Grilled Chicken Legs with Yogurt Mint Marinade. No matter what you make, make sure to treat yourself!

🍦 Ingredients

Peaches are the hero of this recipe, but raspberries and vanilla ice cream are the supporting cast. You will need a few more ingredients. Here is what you will need:

Ingredients for peach melba.
Vanilla Ice Cream, water, sugar, raspberries, black currant jelly, lemon, and peaches.
  • Fresh peaches
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Black currant jelly
  • Lemon juice
  • Vanilla ice cream

See the recipe card for quantities.

🍲 Instructions

Diving into the world of Peach Melba is like starting on a sweet, fruity adventure. Before we embark, ensure you’ve got your fresh peaches and raspberries ready. Your taste buds are in for a treat!

Starting with skinned and halved peaches, we’ll give them a gentle simmer in a sugary bath, letting them soak up all that sweet goodness. As they cool down, they’ll become the stars of our dessert. While our peaches are lounging, we’ll whip up a raspberry melody that’ll become our sensational Melba sauce.

Finally, when everything’s cool and ready, it’s showtime! A scoop of ice cream, our star peaches, and a drizzle of that tangy sauce. Voilà! The perfect Peach Melba is served.

🤷 Substitutions and variations

Got a twist in mind for our Peach Melba? Great, let’s get creative! Substitutions can often lead to delightful new discoveries. So, don’t hold back if you’re feeling adventurous.

Can’t find fresh peaches? No worries! Canned peaches can jump in to save the day. And if raspberries aren’t your jam, try strawberries or blueberries to switch up the Melba sauce. Each berry brings its own dance of flavors.

Can’t find black currant jelly, it will work fine if you leave it out. It won’t be quite the same and it will remove a flavor element of the recipe, but it will do the job.

Maybe you’re craving a little crunch? Sprinkle some toasted almonds or crushed pistachios on top. It’s your Peach Melba, so let your taste buds guide the way!

📦 Storage

Got some of that tangy Melba sauce left? Pop it in an airtight container and let it chill in the fridge. It’ll stay fresh for up to a week, ready to drizzle on just about anything!

And those sugary peaches? Keep them in their syrup in a sealed container in the fridge. The syrup makes for a sweet treat to add to tea, a cocktail simple syrup, or jazz up your morning oatmeal. Peachy keen, right?

Since the peaches and melba sauce are prepared separately, you can refrigerate them and combine with ice cream whenever you are ready for this treat. 

🎓 History tidbit

Peach Melba was created in the late 1800s and whipped up by a famous French chef, Auguste Escoffier. And he didn’t make it for just anyone.

He crafted this fruity delight for an Australian opera singer named Dame Nellie Melba when she visited London. With its soft peaches and vibrant raspberry sauce, the dessert captured the elegance and drama of the opera stage.

Now, every time you dig into a Peach Melba, you’re tasting a bit of showbiz history. From the grand opera houses to your table, it’s a dessert that’s truly stood the test of time!


What is Peach Melba?

Peach Melba is a classic dessert combining soft poached peaches with a tangy raspberry sauce, usually served with vanilla ice cream.

Can I use fruits other than peaches?

While peaches are traditional for this dessert, nectarines or apricots can be a good substitute. The goal is to use a juicy, soft fruit that complements the raspberry sauce.

Why is it referred to as Melba sauce?

The name “Melba” in the sauce and the dessert pays homage to Dame Nellie Melba, an Australian opera singer. The dessert was created in her honor, and the raspberry sauce was a part of that original dish.

Is it possible to use different ice cream flavors?

Certainly. Vanilla ice cream is classic, but other flavors like almond or coconut could offer a unique twist to the dessert.

Why do the peaches need to be simmered?

Simmering peaches in sugar water enhances their sweetness and softens them, ensuring they blend well with the ice cream and sauce in the final dish.

How can I use the leftover peach syrup?

The peach syrup is flavorful and can be used in various ways, such as in drinks, over pancakes, or as a sweetener for teas.

📝 Tips and tricks

  • Keep leftover peach syrup and use it for cocktails, a sweetener, or for tea
  • Peeling and pitting peaches can be tricky. Make sure they are ripe before starting. Take care in both pitting and peeling.
  • Blanching is an excellent way to help remove the peel
  • Make sure to use a fine mesh strainer for melba sauce
  • You can use canned peaches in a pinch for this recipe.
  • Homemade Ice cream is best for this, but use what you like!
Two bowls of peach melba with some flowers in the background.
Peach melba is a classic and delicious dessert that can be made ahead of time.

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A white bowl containing a serving of peach melba.

Classic Peach Melba Recipe

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  • Author: Ben
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • cooling time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: French
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Succulent poached peaches meet rich raspberry Melba sauce, crowned with velvety vanilla ice cream. Experience the timeless elegance of Classic Peach Melba.


Units Scale
  • 4 large fresh peaches
  • 4 cups water (for peaches)
  • 2 cups sugar (for peaches)
  • 1 pint of fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup black currant jelly
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream


  1. Half, remove, and peel skin from peaches. Blanche if necessary once they are halved to make the skin easier to peel.
  2. Bring 2 cups of sugar and two cups of water to a soft boil into a medium saucepan
  3. Add peaches and simmer for 15 minutes. Occasionally stir the mixture making sure peaches get under the water. The peaches should be tender.
  4. Remove from heat and once cooled, put into a container and refrigerate until serving.
  5. In separate saucepan (and you can do this at the same time as peaches), add raspberries, black currant jelly, remaining sugar, and lemon juice
  6. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and put through a fine mesh strainer a container.
  8. Cool melba sauce and refrigerate until ready to use
  9. When ready to serve, add a scoop of ice cream to dish, 2 peach halves, and about ¼ cup of melba sauce


  • Keep left over peach syrup and use for cocktails or tea
  • peeling and pitting peaches can be tricky. Make sure they are ripe before starting. Take care in both pitting and peeling.
  • Blanching is a good way to help remove
  • You can use canned peaches in a pinch for this recipe
  • Make sure to use a fine mesh strainer for melba sauce
  • Homemade Ice cream is best for this, but use what you like!

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  1. The local peaches this year are delicious, so I’m glad to have stumbled onto your recipe. I’ve heard of this dish before, but I’ve never actually seen it or read a recipe for it. Thanks!

    1. Its a good one. It takes a bit of prep, but once it is done, it can sit in the fridge until you are ready to go.