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Are you searching for the perfect gift for a great gift for the upcoming holidays, or perhaps a birthday or anniversary? Or, maybe you have always wanted your own apple tree, but More »

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Growing Apples

Part of the pleasure of growing apple trees on your own property derives from biting into freshly-plucked fruit. So getting a bumper crop from your orchard in fall, eating a few of More »

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Apple Orchard takes a bite at Organic

PLEASANT MOUNT – An apple orchard on a Wayne County farm predating the Civil War may find new life as an organic operation. “You take a chance with any agriculture,” said Dolores More »

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Growing Apples: Pollination

While I am, indeed, recommending the staggered approach, I must emphasize that by no means do I suggest you should be growing apple trees of just one variety per season. Rather, you More »

Apple-Maple French Toast

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Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon
  • 6 slices bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter, plus more for serving
  • 3 apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla, and a pinch of ground cinnamon in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Add the bread in a single layer, turning until all the egg is absorbed.

  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter, and add apples, stirring to coat until starting to caramelize. Add the water, cooking until water has evaporated and apples are tender, about 4 minutes.

  3. Pour in the maple syrup and a dash of ground cinnamon; simmer for a minute to combine.

  4. In a large, heated nonstick skillet, melt about 1 tablespoon butter and saute the soaked bread until golden brown on each side, about 4 minutes. Place French toast on a plate and top with apple-maple mixture, plus more butter if you’d like!

Praline-Apple Bread

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, divided
1 (8-oz.) container sour cream
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups finely chopped, peeled Granny Smith apples (about 3/4 lb.)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake 1/2 cup pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 6 to 8 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring after 4 minutes.

2. Beat sour cream and next 3 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes or until blended.

3. Stir together flour and next 3 ingredients. Add to sour cream mixture, beating just until blended. Stir in apples and 1/2 cup toasted pecans. Spoon batter into a greased and floured 9- x 5-inch loaf pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup chopped pecans; lightly press pecans into batter.

4. Bake at 350° for 1 hour to 1 hour and 5 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, shielding with aluminum foil after 50 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack.

5. Bring butter and brown sugar to a boil in a 1-qt. heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly; boil 1 minute. Remove from heat, and spoon over top of bread; let cool completely (about 1 hour).

 

Enjoy!

Happy New Year!

So, 2015 has arrived with a bang, and we here at RentanAppleTree.com stepped up our game first thing this year! What better way to celebrate then with a gooey, warm, apple infused treat?

Our thoughts exactly! Which is why we here at Rent an Apple Tree saw fit to create our Cinnamon Apple Monkey Bread as the first sweet treat of the New Year! Simple and delicious, the only thing that could make yours better is if you used some of your very own Rent an Apple Tree apples! Once you’ve finished perusing our official website, throw on an apron and get to work!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Tubes Buttermilk Biscuits
  • 1 Tube Cinnamon Buns
  • ½ Cup White Sugar
  • 3 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar (packed)
  • 1 Cup Butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 Large Apple, diced (We like Granny Smith!)

Directions:

  1. Combine white sugar and cinnamon. Cut biscuits and cinnamon buns into quarters and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture
  2. Grease pan and arrange cinnamon sugar coated quarters and apples in the pan
  3. In a saucepan, melt the butter. Dissolve brown sugar and remaining cinnamon sugar mixture in butter and bring to just a boil
  4. Drizzle mixture around the contents in the pan
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes, or until bottom has browned nicely
  6. Let cool for 5 minutes in pan before inverting onto a plate for the cinnamon sugar and butter coating to cover the cake
  7. Enjoy!

Let us know what you think!

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015 from the Rent an Apple Tree Team!

Holiday Drink

All of the candles have been lit, all of the presents opened, and all the extended family has left – all that is left is the book you’ve been reading and the tree! What better to do then slide into those pajamas left by the elves and sit down with the tree, your book, and our Caramel Apple Eggnog!

Ingredients:

  • Eggnog (I like to use Byrne Dairy brand because it doesn’t contain any HFC!)
  • Apple Cider
  • Cinnamon
  • Allspice
  • Curls of apple peel

Directions:

  1. Pour eggnog into a glass and add cider to taste (can be warm or cold, your choice!)
  2. Sprinkle cinnamon and allspice
  3. Garnish with apple peel and ta-da!
  4. Enjoy!!

Now, I’m sure you’re wondering where the ‘caramel’ part comes from! Well, add a splash of Black Velvet Toasted Caramel whiskey and enjoy the adult version!

Happy Holidays from the Rent an Apple Tree Team!

Apple Cream Cheese Danish Braid

Looking for the perfect dessert to bring to your holiday parties this year? Look no further, we here at RentanAppleTree have you covered! So, go grab some of your favorite apples from our official website and get ready to impress your guests!

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Ingredients:

Sweet Bread

  • 6 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk (not skim- I used 2%)
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 1/4 – 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

 

Apple filling

  • 2 medium-large apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 3 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch

 

Cream cheese filling

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

 

Vanilla Drizzle (optional)

  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 5 5 1/2 teaspoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Heat butter, sugar, water and milk to 120F.
  2. Combine 2 cups flour, salt and yeast in a medium bowl.
  3. Make a well in the center. Add butter mixture.
  4. Mix in additional 1/2 cup flour.
  5. Knead on low speed for about 7-8 minutes scraping down bowl as needed. Add egg and additional 1/2 cup of flour while kneading if necessary. Dough should be smooth after the 8 minutes.
  6. Place dough in a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise for about an hour or until doubled in bulk. Apple.
  7. Meanwhile, over low heat combine apples, butter, sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch. Heat until apples are softened, about 5-7 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  8. In a small bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and lemon juice. Mix until smooth. After dough has doubled in bulk.
  9. On floured parchment or silicone mat roll out dough into a large rectangle about 12 x 10. Cream Cheese: Spread cream cheese filling down the center. Arrange apple mixture on top.
  10. Using a pizza cutter cut diagonally from end of dough towards center in 1 inch strips. Do this on both sides. Starting on one side of the braid pull one strip up and over the braid. Repeat with the other side. Continue alternating until braid is complete.
  11. Cover loosely with plastic. Let rise for about 30-40 minutes. Bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes or until braid is golden brown.
  12. Drizzle Combine powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Drizzle over braid. Serve warm or allow to cool and then serve.

Enjoy!

 

Caramel Apple Crisp

Winter Break, I’m ready for you! What would you do with your first free day in a month? Well, if your first thought was to bake a delicious Apple Crisp, then we would be on the same page! I have my Caramel Butter Rum candle burning, and that mixed with the lingering smell of this Caramel Apple Crisp is olfactory paradise, believe me! So, once you’re done perusing our official Rent an Apple Tree website – light up your favorite candle and get to baking! Once again, AllRecipies.com doesn’t disappoint! Check it out –

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup caramel topping

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Stir the caramel topping and cinnamon together in a bowl. Toss in the apples, mixing until evenly coated. Spread apple mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish.
  3. Mix flour and brown sugar into the same bowl used to mix the apples. Cut in the butter with a knife or pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the oats, then crumble over the apples.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the apples are tender and the topping is golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes.
  5. Serve either warm or cool (I like it best warm with some vanilla ice cream!)

Enjoy!


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