Remarkable things happen in Hagerstown and Washington County, Maryland. Numerous Civil War sites attract history buffs from across the nation. Known originally as Hager's Fancy, after founding father Jonathan Hager, Hagerstown's strategic location at the border between the North and the South made the city a primary staging area and supply center for four major campaigns during the Civil War.
Surrounding Hagerstown, and in Hagerstown Valley, there has been and continues to be a strong agricultural presence, characterized by fertile, gently rolling hills. Farmers' fields and beautiful orchards of apples, peaches, and nectarines bear their bounty and fill the air with the scent of culinary possibility. For the foodie, can it be any better?
Cookie-Crusted Peach Cobbler
Peach Cobbler, fresh peaches baked under a crunchy topping, is perhaps the most popular and often requested peach dessert during family get-togethers and picnics during the hot summer months. It's easy to see why. By the time July and August roll around, everyone craves a sweet and refreshing fruit dessert. Top it with ice cream or whipped cream and it'll be an instant hit! For a simple, yet extremely delicious dessert, you must try this recipe.
"This cobbler recipe comes from my mother-in-law. We always have this dessert after a summer meal at her house. I love it during the summer with fresh peaches from the local orchards, but it can be made year-round with frozen or canned peaches. Just allow for additional cook-time if you use frozen peaches. This recipe tastes like peaches topped with snickerdoodle cookies," says Cindy.
Consider using vanilla sugar, instead of regular sugar, to sweeten the peaches. To make vanilla sugar, place sugar in an airtight jar with a vanilla bean overnight.
Add a few tablespoons of Amaretto to the peaches to add an almond flavor.
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Cindy, a teacher and mom of two boys has always loved to bake. "I am always looking for opportunities to try new recipes! I love to bake desserts, especially cookies and cakes. I love cooking for my boys, who tell me that I am the best cook! That makes it all worth-while!". Cindy's piece de resistance, her White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake has almost 43,000 saves on Allrecipes.com, proving she's following her bliss.
Additionally, Cindy looks forward each year to Thanksgiving, her FAVORITE cooking day. "I love helping my mom prepare the dinner and especially love when we are cooking for a big crowd. I like all the traditional favorites, but I also like to try a new recipe each year!"
"An apple is an excellent thing - until you have tried a peach." ~ George du Maurier
Stepping through the front door at Cindy's house, I was instantly met by one of her two boys proclaiming that his mom had cleaned the entire house in preparation for our visit, even cleaning the ceiling fan in the kitchen. As we set up the filming equipment he offered me a soda, proclaiming that they usually weren't allowed to have them but his mom had bought them for us. Throughout the day, he continued to offer up pieces of information that laughingly, I'm not sure were intended to be shared. He had me in stitches many times.
Today, we were going to be making Cindy's Cookie-Crusted Peach Cobbler. Well, it's summer in Maryland and Here be Fresh Peaches! In nearby Smithsburg, MD, we paid a visit to Rinehart Orchards, where they grow apples of all varieties, as well as peaches & nectarines. Following owner and operator, John Rinehart, we took a short trip up the hill to the waiting peach trees. After an informative lesson on the finer points of peach harvesting, I strapped into a complex set of straps and equipment...ok, just one strap and a wooden box...and picked just enough peaches for what we needed. Separating Cindy's boys from their newfound canine friend, we headed back to her kitchen.
This recipe was simple and after just a few minutes, it was ready to pop into the oven. Sitting down with Cindy's family, we enjoyed some hot peach cobbler and cold vanilla ice cream. I had the added pleasure of sampling her famous White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake. After a full meal of dessert, I was ready for a nap. Great family, great food...I love what I'm doing!
Rinehart Orchards, located in Washington County, Maryland, is a premier grower of apples, peaches and nectarines with over 400 acres in agricultural production. 2010 is their 76th year of growing quality fruit and vegetables in the Cumberland Valley region. Special thanks for allowing us to visit your operation first hand!