Brown Butter Pecan Pie

6 T (3/4 stick) butter
1 c brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 T maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp (1 large pinch) salt
1.5 c pecans (6 oz)
Unbaked 9″ pie shell (store-bought)

Heat oven to 350F.

Cook butter in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat until brown and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Whisk in sugar. Cook until sugar dissolves and mixture is smooth, about 1 minute. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature, about 25 minutes.

Beat eggs, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt in a bowl to blend. Gradually stir in sugar mix from the skillet. Fold in the nuts. Pour into crust. Bake pie until crust is golden and filling is puffed and set in center, about 45 minutes. Cool pie completely; serve with whipped cream.

Source: Melissa DeMayo, Bon Appétit, November 2005 (modified)