Butternut Squash Pie

Melissa Clark, food writer, cookbook author and staff writer  for the New York Times, describes this as the ultimate pumpkin pie. So who am I to argue. It does have cred as a very good pie. While it does take a bit more time and additional steps from the pumpkin purees out-of-the-can recipes, it is well worth the effort. Spiced very nicely with extra ginger and made with heavy cream, it is a tasty option for pumpkin pie enthusiasts.


Butternut Squash Pie

Butternut Squash Pie

Deloss Schertz
An excellent pumpkin pie using a butternut squash puree.
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Baking Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

Crust

  • one unbaked pie crust shell

Filling

  • 4 cups butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into one inch chunks
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tst fine sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and spread cutup squash on it
  • Drizzle squash with 2 Tablespoons of heavy cream, sprinkle with granulated sugar and dot with butter.
  • Roast on squash on upper rack, stirring several times, until squash is very tender, about 40 to 50 minutes
  • When squash is soft, transfer pan to wire rack and cool for at least 10 minutes.
  • Raise oven temperature to 425 degrees.
  • In a food processor or blender, puree the squash with the remaining cream until smooth. Add eggs, brown sugar, spices, vanilla and salt and pulse to combine until very smooth.
  • Pour mixture into prepared pie shell and place in oven on middle or lower rack.
  • Bake for 15 minutes and then lower temperature to 350 degrees.
  • Bake until crust is golden brown and center jiggles slightly when shaken, 35 to 45 minutes
  • When baking is completed, transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely before serving. Do not refrigerate before serving.