you're looking for something to do today then grab a bowl of ice cream
because it's National Peach Melba Day! But be careful, this
fruity dessert dish might have you coming back for seconds.
get right into celebrating National Peach Melba Day!
WHY IS THIS A
It's a food holiday, so there's no real reason for the
was chosen BUT this dessert was invented in honor of an Australian
singer in the late 1800's! In 1892, Dame Nellie Melba, a
was to perform in the opera Lohengrin at the Covent Garden. Auguste
Escoffier, a French chef, was working at the Savoy Hotel at the time
and wanted to create a new dessert to honor her.
He went all out
and put vanilla ice cream on an ice scuplture of a swan, which was
featured in the opera, and then put peaches on the ice cream and spun
sugar on top. Could you imagine having a dessert like that brought out
in honor of you? In 1900, he created a new version of this
dessert when he was the head chef at the Carton hotel on its opening
night. He didn't go with an ice sculpture this time, but instead added
raspberry puree as the topping instead of spun sugar. The second
version is more common today but some people use raspberry sauce or red
currant jelly as a topping. However you decide to make this
treat, make sure that you savor every bite because it's delicious!
So how can you celebrate today? Well, if you plan on going
out to eat tonight, search for Peach Melba on the menu and maybe you'll
luck out and not have to make it yourself. Nothing tastes better than
food that's prepared for you, right? But if you're not lucky
enough to find it on the dessert menu, you can always make some
yourself. It's not that hard, trust me! All you really need
some peaches, sugar, vanilla ice cream and some raspberries. And since
the fruit isn't in season, you can opt for canned peaches and frozen
raspberries. Just be sure to thaw the raspberries before you start.
could even poach your peaches and make your raspberry puree ahead of
time and then just keep them on hand in the fridge so that any time you
could go for some vanilla ice cream you already have your toppings
ready! It's not a difficult dish to make but it comes out
like quite the high class treat and man is it tasty! I had to hold
myself back from eating a second helping of it. And hey, you
could always listen to some opera while you eat to really class things
up and honor the woman this tasty treat was named after. I'd
you to chisel a swan out of a block of ice but that's a little crazy,
even for me haha! I hope you have a delicious day! And if you
up eating two bowls of this, I don't blame you!