Before we even opened our doors in April of 2010, our friend and business partner Jill had an idea for us to develop and present to the Town Counsel the idea of an official dessert for Berlin, Maryland.
We thought this was a great idea, so brainstorming ideas for a sweet treat that would represent the history and vintage charm of this little seaside town we call home began. Berlin has such a rich history and one that is rooted with peach orchards. At one time, this town in Maryland was home to one of the largest orchards in the country. Yes readers, I said Maryland and not Georgia! Well, this sealed the deal for us…our dessert had to have the peach as an ingredient.
Next, we decided that the dessert should be somewhat “old school” in nature since the town itself is like a throw back in time. The very first thing that popped into my mind was a dumpling…we had to create a Peach Dumpling. Most people are familiar with apple dumplings. Traditionally a whole or half apple is cored, sprinkled in cinnamon sugar and then wrapped in pie dough and “BAKED”. We wanted to do something really different, so we “cranked things up a notch”, sliced our peaches and sauteed them in butter, brown sugar and some secret ingredients. We then folded them into our all butter puff pastry.
We experimented for weeks and ate enough versions of Peach Dumplings to make ourselves and our families silly. After taste test, after taste test and considering all of the input from our “guinea pigs”, we had the final version…beautiful peaches, local when available, sliced and sauteed in butter, brown sugar, spices and some secret ingredients folded into puff pastry, “BAKED” to perfection and topped with peach reduction and our homemade caramel sauce.
Needless to say, we presented the dessert to the Mayor and Town Counsel and our Peach Dumpling became the Official Dessert of Berlin. The rest as they say is history! Since we sell out most every day, I think that we must be doing the peach and the town some justice.
We’re really happy to represent our awesome town by serving it’s Official Dessert! Every August, Berlin hosts its Annual Peach Festival on the lawn of the Taylor House Museum. This past weekend, many locals and visitors, young an old, enjoyed some of Berlin’s rich peach history by attending this celebration. Fresh peaches, homemade local peach ice cream, peach pies, peach breads, peach jams, our “Peach Dumplings” and much more were enjoyed by all as a salute to Berlin’s rich peach history.