KENSINGTON - Ruth Day has been mixing fresh maple syrup with cranberries for 23 years.
“You cook it together,” Day said, holding a ladle Saturday at the annual all you can eat pancake breakfast at the New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park.
“You cook it until the cranberries pop and open,” she said. “You get sweet and sour.”
Day said her special mix is “very popular.”
“The maple syrup is from our trees,” said Richard Rease, the museum’s treasurer.
Saturday’s breakfast drew hundreds of families from all over who had the treat of eating pancakes with syrup made right at the museum.
“The pancakes were good, but the syrup stole the show,” said James Cerda, who visited with his family.
Cerda and his family also saw a live demonstration of the maple syrup process and took a small tour of the maple grove.
“It was very informative,” he said.
“They talked about the syrup and how it works, how it’s yielded throughout the year, all the temperature fluctuations and why they do it this time of year,” Cerda said.
While families like Cerda’s were learning about the maple syrup making process and enjoying the delicious breakfast, staff at the museum were busy in the kitchen making sure there were enough pancakes to go around.
At one point on Saturday, there were so many people ready for their all you can eat breakfast that the kitchen staff had a hard time keeping up.
“There was a big line there for a while,” Rease said.
“We couldn’t keep up on the griddle,” he said.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.