For this year's fall specials menu, I decided to keep things very simple. Most of the people I know hold Autumn very dear to their hearts. It is a time for sitting by the fire, apple picking, carving pumpkins, enjoying the leaves- going back to things that are familiar and doing them with friends. Because of this comfort-season feeling I was getting when developing the menu, I decided to go as “Autumny” as humanly possible- sticking to basic Fall staples and then building a simple, yet delicious sundae around them.
Maple syrup is actually a Spring harvest. I did not know that until very recently. Maybe because we associate the changing of the leaves with Fall, and maple comes from those trees, that it really resonates with this season more than spring. Anyway, it felt imperative that we do a Maple-focused sundae for the Fall menu. There are a lot of maple products available at the market, and I didn't quite know what to choose: maple cotton candy, maple nuggets, maple cream, maple popcorn, maple marshmallows. . . the list goes on. I decided to focus on the cotton candy, which adds a really cool texture as a topping to the sundae, and which, most people don't come across every day. We nestle soft serve on top of some of this cotton candy, which is lining a brown sugar cone bowl, and then add a reduced maple/cinnamon sauce and some toasted pecans to the top. There is nothing complicated about this sundae, but it hits the spot every time. It is the type of sundae you will want after you go apple picking with your friends, and before you enjoy a bourbon and cider . . .