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“Fabulous Bakery Desserts, Pt. XXXIII: Peach Melba—the Classic Dessert as created by the Great French Chef, Auguste Escoffier”

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Chef Murph MacDougal

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Elemental News of the Day Commentary-Opinion-Sports-Foodservice for Friday, August 26, 2011 by Chef Murph MacDougal


 Fabulous Bakery Desserts, Pt. XXXIII: Peach Melba—the Classic Dessert as created by the Great French Chef, Auguste Escoffier

Bakersfield, CA, 08-26-2011 F:  Thank God, it’s Friday, friends, but for me, I still have two more days to go before I can return to San Luis Obispo and be gone from this miserable heat.  The San Joaquin Valley can be a dreadful place in the summertime and it’s hard to imagine how the Spaniards came through here in the height of the summer wearing armor and woolen clothes and carrying guns and swords and all sorts of other stuff.  The conquistadors were a hearty lot but it’s difficult to imagine how old-time folks managed to do things in dreadful temperatures.  I sympathize with our brave soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard doing service over in Iraq and in Afghanistan and wherever else they’re stationed around the world.  My nephew just returned from Iraq where’s he’s been stationed with the U. S. Army for the past three years and to hear him tell it, the summertime over there can hit 130°F or more.  It is practically impossible to imagine but that is why we’re going to make an ice cream dessert today! Something cool to bring the temperatures down.

The one we’re doing today is the classic dish created by the famed French Chef, Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935), the father of modern French cuisine, the so-called “King of Chefs, and Chef to Kings” that many of the younger generation of cooks snicker about.  Here at the Elemental News of the Day, we revere Chef Escoffier and Lilah Paulikovich is a member of Les Amis de Escoffier, the Escoffier Society.  That is an honor in and of itself, friends, to be included in that fine organization and to be able to savor and enjoy six-hour classic dinners is simply astonishing. Never would I ever think to have been a member of it myself, but while I still breathe, there’s still a chance!

Chef Escoffier created a famed dessert called “Peach Melba,” a simple dessert named after famed British opera star of the times, Nellie Melba.  A concoction featuring poached peaches, vanilla ice cream, and raspberry and marshmallow sauces is a joy of joys and once was a much-used dessert on banquets at hotels and fine-dining restaurants due to both its history and its ease of preparation.  This is one that every single one of you who has any desire to be a professional chef needs to know how to make.  We are going to make it NOW:


Yield: 8 servings / Mis-en-place: about 1.5 hours:

Vanilla bean ice cream

Peaches, pitted and halved

Peach juice

Granulated sugar

Ground cinnamon

Bay leaf

Vanilla bean

Raspberry sauce

Marshmallow topping

Mint leaves


1.      Scoop ice cream and place it inside the freezer on a sheet pan lined with wax paper.

2.      Poach the peach halves in a pan containing the peach juice, sugar, cinnamon, bay leaf, and vanilla bean.  Have it at a low simmer, barely moving, and place the pitted peach halves into it and keep there for 3-4 minutes or until tender to the touch but not overcooked and mushy. As soon as they’re done, remove from the liquid and transfer quickly to the refrigerator.  Place them in a bowl of ice to retard further cooking. If desired, save the poaching liquid for use in making a peach or apricot pie filling or even a jam or jelly.

3.      To serve, place a scoop of vanilla ice cream in one each of eight large red wine or champagne glasses.  Cut each peach half into quarters, and place a quarter on either side of the ice cream. Top with red or black raspberry sauce, marshmallow sauce, and a mint sprig. Serve.

4.      Note: if need be, you can used canned peach halves which is what usually happens in professional foodservice on LARGE banquets but if you have fresh peaches and the time to poach them, you will be delighted by the deliciousness provided by fresh fruit!

This is the classic dish designed by the great French chef, Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935), in honor of the great British opera star, Nellie Melba. This is a time-honored recipe much loved by most of the civilized world. It’s an easy enough dish to make and one you will be addicted to. Enjoy!

Okay, here is the Raspberry Sauce:


Yield: about 3 cups of filling (enough for 2-3 pies or a large cobbler); mis-en-place: about an hour from start to finish.  

Water or fruit juice

Granulated sugar

Ground cinnamon

Kosher salt

Almond extract

Red food color

Blue food color

Lemon juice

Clear gel or cornstarch

Frozen or fresh red or black raspberries


1.      Mis-en-place: have everything ready.  Combine the sugar, cinnamon, salt, extract, food colorings, lemon juice, and clear gel (preferably) or cornstarch in the bowl of an electric mixer equipped with a whip attachment and rotate on LOW speed, blending well.

2.      Begin scaling the water slowly in along the sides while rotating the whip.  Then, pour through a fine-meshed sieve and force through any blobs of starch, sugar, or spice into a medium-sized saucepot that’s been sprayed with PAM or some such other food release spray.

3.      Place the pot over a medium-high flame and begin stirring, frequently, as it comes to a boil.  When it does come to a boil, stir constantly as it thickens, taking care to stand back as the pot hurls blobs of hot gel out here and there.  Stir until it’s thickened and its clear; then, turn the heat down, stir in the berries gently with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, taking care to not bust them up any more than is necessary.

4.      Remove the pot from the heat and allow it to cool.  When totally cool, refrigerate.  Use this filling for pies and for other desserts. It can be turned into a sauce by thinning it down and using it for desserts of your choice like cheesecakes.

This is the classic pie filling formula for berries of all types.  Be sure to find CLEAR GEL as it’s preferable to cornstarch.  If you can’t find it from a professional source, you can buy it through Amazon.com.  It’s a modified food starch which means that it keeps both its clarity and its liquidity at either room temperature OR when cold.  This is what professional bakers use to make their pie fillings.  Sure, it costs a lot more but it makes the best products!

As I said yesterday, I have had a great time today and as always enjoy my opportunities to write for the Elemental News of the Day. We urge our readership to write to us and leave comments and if there are any of you, who would care to write an article for us, please get in touch via Magnolia Hilltop Brewers, P.O. Box 20669, Bakersfield, CA 93390-0669.  We obviously don’t pay anything but you will be given a full byline and that’s worth its weight in gold.  We want as many people who want to write to be able to do so and we believe that by presenting a forum for our fellow chefs, we are doing something for our beloved industry.  We love diversity and hope to add new and different authors to our pantheon of chefs, food and beverage directors, and culinary professionals.  Come on and join us, it’ll be fun!

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I had a good time today and will return tomorrow and Sunday for more exciting desserts and then good old Chef James “JT” Tobiason will come in Monday morning, August 29, 2011 and do his thing for a week. You never have any idea what the guys will do but the gals always favor good food and good stories.  Why not spend some money and purchase an It’s a Beautiful Day album and/or buy a cookbook from Amazon.com.  We are allied with them and are pleased to market their merchandise! See you tomorrow! Bye!    

Thank you, my friends!

Murph MacDougal

Murph MacDougal

Certified Club Manager, ACF Member, Foodserver/Bartender and professional Chef and Baker


This is a picture of me when I was a young chef in the kitchen back in 1975. I apprenticed underneath my father and spent six years working for him in his British-Irish Restaurant in Fresno, California. I later moved to Frazier Park, California, and spent quite a few years working in the area and that's where I met Stinkbug. Anyhow, I am now working at a country club over on the coast near San Luis Obispo.


END Commentary for Friday, August 26, 2011 by Chef Murph MacDougal

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1 comment:

  1. For those who love classic desserts, Peach Melba is among the best. Why not visit the blog that celebrates the OLD WAYS of the professional kitchen, you know, Chef Auguste Escoffier, the top chef of the foodservice world.


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