One of our signature breakfast dishes is our Peach Melba French Toast. This guest favorite is a twist on a classic dessert with an interesting back story.
The Peach Melba is a classic dessert, invented in 1892 by the French chef Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel in London to honor the Australian soprano, Dame Nellie Melba. Escoffier created his new dessert, and displayed it in an ice sculpture of a swan. The swan carried peaches which rested on a bed of vanilla ice cream, topped with spun sugar. In 1900, Escoffier revised his creation for the occasion of the opening of the Carlton Hotel, where he was head chef. In his updated version of the dessert, he omitted the ice swan and topped the peaches with raspberry purée.
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 Tsp water
- sliced peaches (fresh or canned)
- sliced bread (enough to cover 9×13 baking dish)
- 6 eggs
- 1-3/4 cups whole milk
- 1 Tbs vanilla extract
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon, or to taste
- fresh raspberries
- Raspberry coulis
- In a saucepan, melt butter and add water. When melted, add brown sugar and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Pour the brown sugar mixture into a 9×13 baking dish and spread to cover bottom of dish completely.
- Place peaches in layer over brown sugar and cover completely with sliced bread
- In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon. Pour mixture over bread.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, or until bread is golden brown.
- Carefully cut and lift out pieces, flipping them over so that peaches are face up.
- Drizzle raspberry coulis over french toast and place fresh raspberries on top.
When selecting bread for this recipe, I recommend that you choose a heartier bread with a little more body than white bread. I commonly use 12 grain, oat nut, or thick cut french bread.
I hope you enjoy serving this dish to your family and friends!