By: Piper Wynwood
From: A Sticky Situation
Series: The Sugar Grove Mysteries
Author: Jessie Crockett
Don't tell my friend Dani, but I've been keeping a dark secret from her. Some of you may know she runs a sugar shack here in Sugar Grove, New Hampshire and is crazy about all things maple. I love maple too. As the owner of the local breakfast joint, it is a job requirement. But the thing is, it isn't my favorite syrup flavor.
What I've been keeping from Dani is that my first love is really boiled cider syrup and it is hard to hide that from her at this time of year. Apples are ripe and ready for picking all over the state right about now and drops are thick upon the ground. Nothing cheers a frugal Yankee heart more than a great bargain on local products.
I have a cider press and every year at about this time I pick up several bushel of drops to make cider. I serve a lot of it fresh at the restaurant but I always save some to boil down until it is thick and extra delicious.
When I pour a puddle of the fragrant syrup over a stack of pancakes my eyes go into a tilt I have trouble hiding my glee. I try to enjoy it only when Dani isn't around but every now and again she pops into the restaurant when I'm not expecting her. Someday, I expect she'll figure out we don't agree entirely on her favorite food. But I'm not planning on telling her anytime soon.
Readers, are there things you keep from your nearest and dearest? Do you have any guilty pleasure foods? Have you ever tried boiled cider syrup?