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Rent an Apple Tree

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 »

Snow Day!

Happy winter from Upstate NY! The first winter storm of the season hit Buffalo last night and it hit HARD! Some of the surrounding towns accumulated over 3 feet of snow resulting in the first Snow Day of the season, so, we here at Rent an Apple Tree thought it only fitting that we supply you with some of the best hot chocolate recipes we can find!

S’mores Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups milk, any kind
  • 1 cup water (or use 3 c milk)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp light chocolate syrup
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp non-bitter stevia (or add 1-2 Tbsp more sugar to taste)
  • pinch salt
  • graham crackers, crushed (for lining rim)
  • ½ cup marshmallows

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to low broil and move oven rack to the second from the top (high enough up to broil your marshmallows). Place baking sheet on rack.
  2. Heat milk and water in a saucepan over medium heat until warmed through – about 5 minutes. Be careful not to overheat or scald.
  3. Add cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, sugar, stevia and salt and whisk vigorously until thoroughly combined.
  4. Meanwhile, take a few marshmallows and rub them around the top of your mugs so the graham crackers will stick. Then, dip mug in graham cracker crumbs until well lined. You could also add some graham cracker crumbs to the bottom of your mug for extra graham flavor.
  5. Pour in hot chocolate and top with ¼ cup marshmallows each. Carefully set mugs on the baking sheet in the oven and broil marshmallows until browned, watching carefully as to not let them burn.
  6. Carefully remove from the oven with a towel and serve with holders or a small towel to protect hand from heat (they should cool quickly for handling). Top with a drizzle of chocolate syrup and extra graham cracker crumbs for serving (optional).
  7. Enjoy!

Nutella Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp Nutella
  • 1 ⅓ cups milk

Directions:

  1. Put Nutella and 1/3 cup milk in small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Whisk until blended
  3. Add remaining milk, increase heat to medium-high, and whisk until hot and frothy.

 

Butterscotch Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ¾ cup half & half
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons butterscotch syrup or schnapps for the adults
  • 2-3 large marshmallows
  • butterscotch ice cream topping for drizzling
  • 2 butterscotch candies, crushed for garnish

Directions:

  1. Bring milk and half & half to a simmer over medium heat in a heavy saucepan. Remove from the heat and whisk in the cocoa, sugar, vanilla and butterscotch. Return to the heat and stir until well blended. Pour into mugs, float the large marshmallow in center. Drizzle with butterscotch topping then sprinkle with crushed candies.
  2. Enjoy!

 

Oreo Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 oreos, crushed

Directions:

  1. In a small sauce pan, add milk, water, cocoa powder and stir over medium heat until warm (you can microwave, but stovetop cocoa just tastes better).
  2. While the cocoa is warming, crush 4 oreos into small chunks and crumbles.
  3. Add into cocoa and stir well.
  4. Serve hot with an oreo garnish or some whipped cream!

 

Let us know how your hot chocolate turns out! Many thanks to A Night Owl for these delicious hot cocoa recipes!

Apple Slaw with Pineapple

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 4 cups finely shredded cabbage
  • 1 large red apple, cored and diced1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained

Directions:

  1. Whisk cream, mayonnaise, and sugar in a large salad bowl until sugar has dissolved. Gently fold in cabbage, apple, and pineapple to coat with dressing. Refrigerate until serving time.

Enjoy! Don’t forget to check out our official RentAnAppleTree.com website to get your hands on some of our fresh, upstate NY apples!

Let us know how your Apple Coleslaw with Pineapple works out!

Grilled Cheese 2.0

What’s better than a grilled cheese? Grilled cheese with turkey, apple, and honey mustard of course! Check out this amazing sandwich that will fill and warm you up all at the same time! Pair it with some tomato soup and you’re in business, check it out –

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Ingredients:

  • Bread
  • Provolone cheese
  • 1 RentAnAppleTree apple, thinly sliced
  • 3 slices of turkey
  • Butter
  • Honey mustard

Directions:

  1. Butter the bread on one side and spread honey mustard on the other side
  2. Layer cheese, apples, and turkey
  3. Grill on a frying pan until each side is the desired level of crispy
  4. Enjoy!

Once you’re all settled in with your sandwich and a nice bowl of tomato soup head on over to our RentAnAppleTree website and see all the delicious varieties we have to offer so you can spice up your next grilled cheese!

 

Baked Apple Ice Cream Bowls

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What’s better than some cool vanilla ice cream with a warm caramel drizzle? A cinnamon sugar baked apple as a bowl! This dessert is sure to be a winner at any dinner party, or just as a treat for yourself after a long day! Simple, sweet, and tasty- check it out!

Ingredients

  • Apple
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Warm Caramel

Direction

  1. Cut the top off of the apple and scoop out the insides with a spoon
  2. Mix cinnamon and sugar and dust along the inside of the apple
  3. Bake apples at 350 for 20-30 minutes
  4. Scoop ice cream into center
  5. Drizzle with caramel
  6. Enjoy!

Let us know what you think, and your favorite ice cream flavor! Don’t forget to visit our official Rent an Apple Tree website and see all the delicious flavors we have to offer.

Apple-Pork Burgers

Well, I don’t know about you, but I have a bunch of Rent an Apple Tree apples sitting in my kitchen and I absolutely love finding new and interesting ways to use them! Lucky for me, Food Network rarely ever lets me down when it comes to innovative and tasty recipes! Check out my latest find-

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 lb uncased fresh breakfast sausage
  • 1 small apple, grated
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • Pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in large bowl
  2. Form into four 1/2 inch thick patties
  3. Cook in an oiled skillet over medium-high heat, 4-5 minutes per side.
  4. Serve on buns and dress how you like! (We hear swiss cheese with bacon, mustard, and sliced apple doesn’t taste half bad…)
  5. Enjoy!

Let us know how your patties turn out, and don’t forget to visit our website and visit this blog again from more fun recipes!

Apple Quinoa Salad

If you’re anything of a health nut (or even just an avid food lover!) you’ve most definitely heard of quinoa. It is a superfood and delicious addition to any meal! Now, take that and mix it with the health benefits of apples and you’re in business! Check out this amazing apple, toasted almond, crasin and quinoa salad-

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup quinoa (cooked and cooled)
  • 2 Medium sized apples
  • 1/2 Cup toasted almond slices
  • Raspberry vinaigrette (or any dressing of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup crasins

Directions:

  1. Cook 1 cup quinoa in 2 cups boiling water and let cool
  2. While the quinoa is cooling, chop apples to desired size and toast almond slices
  3. Mix all ingredients together and add dressing
  4. Enjoy!!

Let us know what you think of this superfruit medley and don’t forget to stop by our Rent an Apple Tree website to get your hands on some of Upstate NY’s most delicious apples!


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