Melissa Clark's Spiced Maple Pecan Pie with Star Anise

I never thought to simmer down maple syrup until it turns thick, viscous, and extremely maple-y until I made Bill Yosses's maple ice cream recipe. Yosses, the pastry chef at the White House and a good friend of mine (we wrote a cookbook together), reduces the syrup to eliminate as much of the water as possible, which gives the smoothest, silkiest textured ice cream imaginable, with an intense maple flavor. He also recommends reducing maple syrup for any recipe in which you want an extremely...Full Story
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