Caramelized Peach Melba


Cooked peaches with sabayon and Warm Raspberry Sauce is a summer treat to savor.


  • 3 large ripe peaches, (about 1 ¼ pounds)

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 4 large egg yolks

  • ½ cup Moscato d’Asti, (sweet, sparkling white wine) or 3 tablespoons Madeira

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • Warm Raspberry Sauce


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, prepare an ice-water bath, and set aside. Place peaches in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes; remove with a slotted spoon, and transfer to ice-water bath. Keep the pot of water on the stove. Peel peaches, and cut in half, discarding pits. Reserve ice-water bath.

  2. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar over butter; add peaches, cut side down. Cook until they start to brown, about 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; cook until sugar caramelizes, about 6 minutes more, spooning syrup over peaches occasionally. Reduce heat to low, turn peaches, and cook until caramel turns amber in color, about 2 minutes more. Remove pan from heat, and let cool.

  3. Meanwhile, return the pot of water on the stove to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer.

  4. Make sabayon: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat remaining 1/4 cup sugar and egg yolks until pale and thick, about 2 minutes, scraping down sides of the bowl once. Add moscato, and beat for 2 minutes more.

  5. Transfer yolk mixture to a large clean metal bowl, and set over the simmering water. Whisk until the sabayon thickens and is fluffy and slightly stiff, about 3 minutes. Set bowl in ice-water bath. Continue whisking until chilled, about 3 minutes.

  6. Whip cream to medium-stiff peaks; fold into chilled sabayon. At this point, sabayon may be refrigerated for up to 24 hours. To serve, divide among six goblets. Place a peach half on sabayon, and top with 3 generous tablespoons of warm raspberry sauce.

Cook's Notes

Vanilla ice cream may be used instead of the sabayon for faster preparation.

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