I had never grilled peaches until I received this assignment by Canadian Living to test our their July feature recipe “Grilled Peach Melba Sundae“. Not only was I excited about grilling peaches for the first time, but I was also excited by the fact that I got to test out a new tasty dessert (and so was the rest of my family).
Prepping the recipe was slightly more labour-intensive than I anticipated. Although the extra time that it took was totally worth it, I do wish that there was an easier way to peel and pit fresh peaches besides using a paring knife or carrot peeler (if anyone knows of one, please let me know!).
Once the peeling and pitting was complete, as well as the pureeing, straining and heating of the raspberry sauce, it was smooth sailing. Grilling peaches turns out to be a piece of cake to do (make sure to continuously brush butter/sugar sauce on while grilling to maximize flavour and caramelization), and they were even tastier than they looked.
Building the individual sundaes was the funnest part, attempting to make each bowl look prettier than the previous by delicately piling the perfect number of grilled peach wedges and raspberries on top of vanilla ice-cream, drizzle just the right amount of raspberry sauce on top and finish it off with perfectly toasted almonds (I used slivered rather than sliced, because that’s what I had). It truly was the most beautiful (and one of the most refreshing and delicious!) desserts I’ve ever made.
Of course, the Dietitian in me loved the fact that this dessert included seasonal and fresh fruits. Peaches are a great source of Vitamin C, which helps to keep your immune system healthy, heal cuts and keep your gums, bones, muscles, tissues and blood vessels strong. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, which can help reduce your risk of cancer as well. Peaches are also high in potassium and dietary fibre.
Raspberries are also chock-full of nutrition. They stand out from other berries because they are high in ellagic acid, an antioxidant that’s has several anti-cancer properties. They are also a great source of anthocyanins, natural compounds that have anti-bacterial qualities as well as potential anti-cancer properties.
Although ice-cream isn’t the healthiest part of this dessert, it is the most decadent part. And let’s be honest–what is summer without ice-cream? Make sure to use a high quality ice cream (read: one with REAL ingredients like cream and sugar!) instead of a cheaper, chemical-filled one. And please…go for a full fat ice-cream and just manage your portion mindfully.
For the full recipe, see Canadian Living’s Grilled Peach Melba Sundae.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Canadian Living and I receive compensation for it. All opinions are my own.