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It all started with the fry pies.
With 18 classic and seasonal flavors -- chocolate cream, strawberry cream, red raspberry cream, apple, cherry, lemon, grape, peach, black raspberry, raisin, blackberry, blueberry, chocolate, strawberry and red raspberry, with key lime and strawberry rhubarb in the springtime and pumpkin in the fall -- Esther Schlabach began making fry pies out of her home nearly two years ago to sell to local stores and restaurants. Now, her signature fry pies are the star of her own shop -- Peaceful Acres Bakery.
"That's how I started everything. It's my special item. Someone asked me if I would make my fry pies for their store. It snowballed from there," said Schlabach. "The cream sticks, everyone raves about them, too."
Peaceful Acres Bakery, named after the quiet stretch of land upon which the bakery is situated, officially opened its doors Nov. 1 and since then has supplied locals with cream sticks, cinnamon twists, cookies, bread, cupcakes and anything else one's heart desires.
"If you ask for it, we'll make it," said Schlabach, who will do everything from pipe customized fillings into cream sticks to research new recipes for special orders. "I'll find the recipe, or you can bring it to me, and I'll make it."
For example, Peaceful Acres was asked to fulfill an order of traditional German-style cookies for the German Culture Museum in Walnut Creek. Schlabach delivered, baking Pfeffernusse Cookies and Moravian Ginger Cookies for 80 people.
For custom orders, especially large ones, Schlabach suggests ordering ahead.
For the holidays, Peaceful Acres supplies Christmas cookie trays and the store sells chocolates, date pinwheels, peanut butter temptations, peanut butter blossoms and, a specialty item, chocolate whoopie pies covered in chocolate.
"They are amazing," said Schlabach appreciatively.
In the week before Christmas, Schlabach baked nearly 2,000 cut-out cookies for holiday tables.
Peaceful Acres Bakery also takes special cupcake orders.
"Just in the past month, I've made 500 cupcakes," said Schlabach.
The cupcakes are iced in swirls of frosting and filled with the same made-from-scratch filling as the cream sticks.
Schlabach learned the art of baking from her mother.
"I'm following in my mom's footsteps," she said. "She used to bake for a store, very small amounts compared to what we do, and ran a restaurant for awhile. I definitely learned to bake from my mom."
The bakery will begin winter hours in January and February, opening Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 6:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Peaceful Acres Bakery is located at 9928 Copperhead Road, Sugarcreek. For more information, call 330-852-3708.
Reporter Kelley Mohr can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.