Quick Melba

Quick Melba

Peaches topped with a raspberry sauce.

In the late 1800s, Australian born Dame Nellie Melba was already a legend in the operatic world when the famous French chef Auguste Escoffier honoured her with a «dramatic» dessert named after her choosen name («Melba» being a condensed version of her beloved Melbourne).

4 servings
Preparation 10 min
Cooking 5 min

150 calories per serving 


4 peaches, ripe, "freestone" type   600 g
2 1/4 cups raspberries   300 g
4 tbsp sugar   50 g
2 tbsp apple juice   30 mL
4 tsp cornstarch   10 g
4 scoops vanilla ice cream [optional]   250 mL

Before you start

The traditional recipe calls for poaching the peaches in a syrup. This step can be eliminated if ripe peaches are used.


  1. Peel the peaches, split them in half, then pull apart and remove their pits (if the peaches are not fully ripe, peeling may be easier if they are blanched for 30 sec). Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, heat the raspberries and sugar over low heat. Cook 2-3 min, then mash the raspberries with a fork.
  3. In a small bowl, dilute the cornstarch with the apple juice. Add the slurry to the warm raspberries and cook over low heat, with stirring, about 2 min until the mixture thickens. Pass the thickened raspberries through a fine sieve and using a rubber spatula, press on the raspberries to extract as much juice as possible. Discard the seeds.
  4. Drizzle the peaches with the strained raspberry sauce and serve. Garnish with vanilla ice cream, if desired.


The raspberry sauce may be prepared in advance.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (220g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




1 g

1 %

Saturated 0 g
+ Trans 0 g

0 %


0 mg


1 mg

0 %


36 g

12 %


7 g

29 %


27 g


2 g

Vitamin A

6 %

Vitamin C

45 %


2 %


6 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: servings
Grain Products: ¼ serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: 0 serving

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Free :
Cholesterol, Saturated Fat, Sodium, Trans Fat
Low :
Source of :
Copper, Folacin, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Zinc
Good source of :
Potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin E
Excellent source of :
Fibre, Manganese
Diet-related health claims :
Artery-healthy, Heart-healthy

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This recipe is in the following categories: Fruits | Desserts | Artery-healthy | Halal | Heart-healthy | High Fibre | Kosher | Low Cholesterol | Low Fat | Low Saturated Fat | Low Sodium | Vegetarian | French

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