Georgia has produced peaches since it was colonized in the 1700s. They are available 16 weeks each year, from May to August. In 2001, Georgia produced 140 million pounds of fresh Georgia peaches. The ultimate comfort fruit, peaches are versatile and can be made to fit into any meal. Georgia peaches are particularly delicious in many dishes with their sweet, juicy flavor and smooth, creamy texture.
Georgia Peach Pie
Peach pie is an all-around American favorite. Comforting to the tummy and satisfying to the sweet-tooth, this simple recipe is sure to please. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In the meantime, grab a large bowl and whip three egg whites until they reach peak stage. Peak stage means that the egg whites stick up when you pull the mixer out. Continue to whip the egg whites while slowly adding in a cup of white sugar. Fold in 14 finely crushed saltine crackers, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and ¼ tsp. baking powder. Give the pie some crunch by tossing in ½ cup of chopped pecans or your favorite nut. Spread the mixture into an ungreased, deep-dish 9-inch pie plate and bake for 30 minutes. The portion of the mixture that touches the pie plate becomes a thin crust during baking. Once the pie is cool, slice seven fresh Georgia peaches and arrange them over the top of the pie. Serve this pie a la mode with some vanilla ice cream for an even sweeter treat.
Georgia Peach Homemade Ice Cream
What could be better than a recipe that combines delicious Georgia peaches and ice cream? This recipe is perfect on hot summer days or any time of year. Puree 2 ½ pounds of fresh Georgia peaches with ½ cup of white sugar and 1 pint of half-and-half cream. Pour the mixture into a 1-gallon ice-cream maker along with 12 oz. of evaporated milk, 14 oz, of sweetened condensed milk, and 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Add enough whole milk to the mixture to fill it to the fill line. Follow the ice cream maker manufacturer's instructions for freezing time and ice cream removal. This recipe is wonderful when served on top of Georgia peach pie.
Vanilla-Georgia Peach Topping
This yummy recipe is very versatile and can be used to compliment many recipes. It is a great topping for peach pie and even cheesecake. Grab a medium saucepan and blend together 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar with a whisk. Bring to a simmer and add in the scraped seeds from ½ of a vanilla bean. Remove from heat and let the mixture steep for 15 minutes. Add in 3 cups of peeled and sliced peaches and coat them evenly with the mixture. Refrigerate this topping for 1 hour, and then add it to your favorite complementary recipe.