Easy Peach Melba

Easy Peach Melba 

January 13: National Peach Melba Day

We enjoy attending symphonies, concerts and operas once in a while as a musical treat to ourselves.  We admire the abilities of the musicians and wish we were as good as them. Both of us play the piano and have been in the music ministry. Highlander also plays the guitar and has taken drum and trumpet lessons while Islander played the clarinet in her junior high school band and strums a few ‘ukulele chords with her brother, Kahuna, who plays other instruments at church as well.

We also like to eat musically-inspired desserts, such as Peach Melba, as a tasty treat for ourselves. Like the individual talents that each musician contributes to a group to create musical harmony, we appreciate the independent ingredients like peaches and raspberries with vanilla ice and whipped cream to make a pretty parfait-like fruit fusion.

Make music for your mouth and prepare Peach Melba for National Peach Melba Day!


(Adapted from Scena and Taste of Home)


  • 1 can of peach halves in heavy syrup
  • ½ cup seedless red raspberry jam (we used Smucker’s brand)
  • vanilla ice cream (we used Breyer’s brand lactose-free)
  • whipped cream (we used Cool Whip)
  • fresh raspberries


Drain the can of peaches and dry the fruit with paper towels. In a dessert bowl or cup, place two peach halves. Set aside. In a microwave safe cup, heat the jam for about 20 seconds and stir until smooth.

Easy Peach Melba

Scoop vanilla ice cream on top of the peaches. Drizzle with the melted jam. Pipe a swirl of whipped cream on top, adding a little more melted jam if desired, and garnish with fresh raspberries.

Easy Peach Melba


  • Peach Melba is a dessert named after opera singer Dame Nellie Melba and was created in her honor by a fan, Chef Auguste Escoffier, in the 1900s. He also made Melba Toast, which is observed on National Melba Toast Day on March 23. See our version of the recipe which we posted on our blog.
  • Try another treat that is musically-inspired—a marzipan-like dessert called Cecilias, on the Feast Day of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians, on November 22.
  • Search our blog for more recipes posts on peaches.