Butternut squash are plentiful this time of year, so why not make pie? I’ve been stockpiling a few butternut squash from the CSA I’m a part of, so I decided to make pie tonight. I made two pies, so I doubled the below recipe from About.com for Butternut Squash Pie:
- 1 unbaked and chilled 9-inch pie shell (I used frozen pie crusts)
- 1 large butternut squash, cooked and pureed, about 1 1/2 cups pureed squash
- 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup evaporated milk or half-and-half
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup (my addition to the recipe)
To cook squash:
Cut the squash in half lengthwise; remove stem and scoop out the seeds. Place the squash, cut side down, on a foil-lined oiled baking pan; add about 1/2 cup of water to the pan. Cover loosely with foil and bake at 400° for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the squash is tender and can be easily pierced with a fork. Let cool completely then peel and mash or puree the squash or put it through a food mill. Measure 1 1/2 cups of the squash and set aside.
Reduce oven to 350° F and position an oven rack in the center of the oven. In a mixing bowl with electric mixer, beat the squash with the brown sugar. Add eggs, evaporated milk, spices salt, flour, butter, and vanilla. Beat until well blended. Pour the filling into the chilled pie and place on the center oven rack. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until set. Check after about 35 minutes and loosely set a ring of foil or a pie crust protector over the browned crust so it won’t get too dark. When the filling is set, transfer the pie to a rack to cool. Serve just warm or at room temperature with a dollop of whipped topping or whipped cream.
The pie was delicious and had a milder taste than pumpkin pie. My younger brother liked the pie a lot too and couldn’t even tell it was squash. I made a maple-cinnamon whipped cream to add to the top of the pie, which I’ll use when I have some more later. I will definitely be making this pie again!
Now I have lots of extra butternut squash purée…what should I make with it?