An equally delicious variation of the more popular Peach Melba. Melba is a classic French dessert usually made with fruits such as peaches, served with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with raspberry sauce. It was named after Australian soprano Nellie Melba. Through the years, chefs from around the world used other fruits in season such as pears, apricots, or strawberries to create this delectable and elegant dessert. Below is an easy dessert recipe for Pear Melba.
4 small pears
1 lemon, halved
1 cup (220g) caster sugar
1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
250g raspberries (frozen are fine)
Vanilla ice cream, to serve
Mint leaves, to garnish
- Peel, cut in half and core the pears. To prevent the fruits from turning brown, rub them with lemon.
- In a saucepan, heat sugar with 1 1/2 cups (375ml) water and vanilla pod and seeds. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
- Add the pears and poach for 8-10 minutes until tender. Allow the fruits to cool and reserve 1/2 cup of the poaching liquid.
- In a blender, combine reserved poaching liquid with half of the berries until smooth.
- Serve the poached pears with vanilla ice cream and drizzle with raspberry sauce. Garnish with remaining berries and mint leaves.