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Nellie Melba

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for Nellie Melba ice-cream sundae.

By Rodney Dunn
  • Serves 6
  • 25 mins preparation
  • 20 mins cooking plus freezing, cooling, chilling
Nellie Melba
Nellie Melba

This sundae, a play on the peach Melba, is all about the flavours of summer. If you don’t own an ice-cream machine, substitute the almond milk ice-cream for a good-quality shop-bought vanilla ice-cream.


  • 250 ml sparkling white wine
  • 220 gm caster sugar (1 cup)
  • 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
  • 4 ripe yellow peaches, stones removed, quartered
Raspberry granita
  • 110 gm caster sugar (½ cup)
  • 250 gm raspberries (about 2 punnets)
  • 250 ml sparkling white wine
Almond milk ice-cream
  • 500 ml almond milk (see note) (2 cups)
  • 1 tbsp amaretto
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 100 gm caster sugar


  • 1
    For raspberry granita, stir sugar and 125ml water in a saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, bring to the boil, simmer for 2 minutes, add raspberries and remove from heat. Process in a blender until smooth, strain through a fine sieve into a large shallow tray (discard seeds), add wine, stir to combine and freeze, scraping with a fork occasionally to form ice crystals (3-4 hours). Makes about 500ml.
  • 2
    For almond milk ice-cream, bring milk and amaretto just to the boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Meanwhile, whisk yolks and sugar in a bowl until thick and pale. Pour in milk mixture, whisk to combine, return mixture to pan and stir over low-medium heat until mixture thinly coats the back of a spoon (5-6 minutes). Transfer to a bowl, set aside to cool, refrigerate to chill, then freeze in an ice-cream machine until required. Makes about 500ml.
  • 3
    Stir wine, sugar and vanilla bean and seeds in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to the simmer, add peaches, reduce heat to low and poach until just tender (5-10 minutes). Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until chilled. Serve with scoops of almond milk ice-cream, raspberry granita, flaked almonds and extra raspberries.


Almond milk is available from supermarkets and health-food shops.
This recipe is from the February 2013 issue of

  • Author: Rodney Dunn