Thursday, August 2, 2012

Tasty Thursdays: Peach Melba Parfait

Summertime has some of my favorite fruits and my all-time favorite has got to be peaches. They are so delicious and can only be found in grocery stores during the summer, so when they start rolling them out you can bet that I grab a bunch. Usually the first dessert that comes to mind when thinking about baking with peaches is a pie or a cobbler. However, summer is also the time for bikinis and showing off our toned and tan bods so I chose a relatively healthy snack/dessert that is quick and easy to whip up. The much healthier sounding Peach Melba Parfait. A relatively easy recipe, you can whip up this dessert in a jiffy and enjoy on a hot summer day.

For this recipe you will need:
·         1 ½ cups water
·         1 ½ cups sugar
·         ½ vanilla pod, split lengthwise
·         1 tablespoon lemon juice
·         4 peaches, cut in half

Raspberry sauce:

·         1 ½ cups raspberries
·         2 tablespoons powdered sugar
·         1 tablespoon lemon juice

·         1 pint vanilla ice cream
Heat the water, sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla pod in a large saucepan over medium heat to dissolve the sugar. Bring the pan to the boil and let it cook for several minutes.   Reduce heat and bring the syrup to a fast simmer. Poach the peaches for several minutes until just softened. Remove the peaches to a plate and let cool.  When cool, remove the peels and pits and cut each peach half into 4 pieces. 

Combine the raspberries, powdered sugar, and lemon juice in a blender or a food processor and blend until smooth. If you’re using a standard blender or food processor, put it through a sieve to remove the seeds. If using a stronger food processor, you can skip this step.

To assemble alternate layers of the poached peaches, the raspberry sauce and vanilla ice cream and garnish with a couple raspberries. This recipe serves four.

To see the original recipe, check it out here:

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