Happy New Year with a Peach Melba Royale


Champagne GlassesToast the  New Year’s celebration with a Peach Melba Royale – a different take on champagne!  Fresh raspberries float in a sea of peach schnapps and champagne to bring in the new year in style.

I can scarcely believe we are at the beginning of a New Year!  I still remember all the hubbub of turning over a new century in 2000.  Fortunately, the pessimists and negative predictions all got lost as we turned from the year 1999 to 2000.

For me the end of one year and the beginning of another is a time of reflections.  In the first place I always think I am going to slow down.  Then as I think more about it, I realize the years are speeding by more quickly as I get older – or so it seems.  I have been blessed with good health or at least the ability to overcome whatever has come up and for that I am most grateful.

In a time when technology has given us access to the world, I am happy for my family whose support has meant everything to me.  As my grandsons continue to grow much taller than me (and take great pride in doing do) I cherish the memories of playing hide and seek, baking with them, being with them.  I am curious to see where their lives take them.

I am grateful for the continued support so many of you have given me and thank each of you for reading the blogs and for all your comments which mean so much to me.

My wish is that each of us has the best of New Years filled with all that contributes to our happiness and well being.  I offer this recipe for a Peach Melba Royale to start it off!   Watch for the raspberries turn round and round as they rise to the top of the glass.

Peach Melba Royal
Fresh Raspberries
Peach Schnapps
Champagne, cold

Place 3 or 4 fresh raspberries in the bottom of each champagne flute. Add about 1 tablespoon of Peach Schnapps or more if you like. Top off with cold champagne. Enjoy!!

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13 thoughts on “Happy New Year with a Peach Melba Royale

  1. sallybr

    Happy New Year! Indeed there is no doubt in my mind that the years fly by now… faster and faster, we seem busier and busier

    but such is life, we keep dancing to the music and making the best of it

    Looking forward to another year learning from you!

  2. Jeanette Roberts

    Made your apple cake over the holiday. It was great! What would happen if I reduced the sugar a bit.? Would I end up wasting and making a mess. Thanks, Jeanettr

    1. hfletcher Post author

      Hi Jeanette: I have no idea what would happen. I have always made it as written. As you know baking and pastry is different than cooking. The recipes must be balanced to work. Sorry I can’t be more help. If you decide to try it with less sugar, I would start by taking it down by 2 ounces making the new measurement 340 grams or 12 ounces or 1 2/3 cups. Let me know what happens if you do.

  3. Marianne Vandeneycken

    Happy New Year 2015 ! Thank you for giving us all the best receipes and ideas,
    and more, your enthousiams and energy.

  4. Ann

    Happy New year!! Thank you for all the wonderful recipes and tips. May you experience the blessings of God this year. Thanks again.

  5. manisha

    Happy New Year Helen! Alind loved this recipe. He has more to say and a promise to make it for me one of these days :)

    1. hfletcher Post author

      Hold him to that promise Manisha – it’s really good. Happy New Year to you, Alind and your family. Thank you for your support all year.

  6. Hilda

    Happy New Year, Helen! Best wishes for good health and much happiness when you slow down next year!!! Love you and miss you already!

    1. hfletcher Post author

      Hi Hilda – what joy you brought to my life. Let’s keep in touch. I happy for you. Happy New Year to you and your family.
      Love you too.

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