Approximately 1 cup
Fall is definitely the reason people live in Ohio. It is my favorite time of the year. The leaves change from green to an array of beautiful colors. Every once in a while, a big wind will come along and blow enough leaves off the trees to fill up the sky. You know fall is here because you can smell it in the air.
I remember when I was a kid visiting my cousins on the farm. My cousins Remo and Geraldine had a huge garden and canned everything. I remember too that they had a bunch of apple trees; one tree had five different kinds of apples. They also would let all the kids help make the best apple cider ever. We had to pick the apples and wash them before crushing them with an actual cider press that you had to work by walking around the press holding a pole. The pole was connected to a big screw that was attached to a thick wooden plate that would go up and down on the inside of the press mashing the apples. The press was not solid so the juice could run down the sides into a trough that was funneled into containers. I cannot really remember what we did after that. The cider was then probably strained and bottled. I will tell you one thing I do remember: It was so good that we would always drink too much and get stomachaches.
The recipe below is a perfect accompaniment for those fall apples — great flavors for great memories. Serve it at an outdoor party during a hayride or when the kids are bobbing for apples.
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon blackstrap molasses
4 ounces soft cream cheese
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
While stirring continually, simmer the first five ingredients together for one minute.
Remove from the heat and cover for five minutes; chill.
In a mixer on high, whisk the last four ingredients together, scraping the sides as needed to keep an even texture.
Add the chilled mix to the cream-cheese mix.
Mix on high for one minute, scraping the sides as needed to blend the ingredients evenly.
Chill until served.