This used to be Pumpkin Bread, a traditional holiday treat in the US (at least in my family).
I prefer butternut squash to pumpkin as a winter vegetable and I really don’t have enough room in my potager to grow one pumpkin for a Christmas bread plus all the butternut squash (and acorn and spaghetti squashes) we want for everything else.
Besides, once one adds the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger I defy anyone to tell the difference.
I prepped the butternut squash the same way I would a pumpkin: cut it into big sections (peeled or not), put it into a big roasting pan, covered it with foil and baked at 350F (180C) for 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hours. Start checking after an hour and remove when it’s very, very soft. It should be like a purée. The squash can be done up to 3 days in advance or earlier and frozen until needed.
Any leftover cooked squash can easily be turned into Butternut Squash soup.
Of course you could always just buy canned pumpkin….. If you do, add 2 more tbs water.
Butternut Squash Bread
Total time: 75 minutes after butternut squash is prepped
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 cup butternut squash, mashed
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tbs cup water
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger
- 1 2/3 cups flour
- Pre-heat oven to 350F (180C)
- Butter and flour a 9 X 5 loaf pan (I line the bottom with parchment – comes out easier)
- Cream sugar and eggs.
- Add pumpkin, oil, water and blend.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir well.
- Bake for 60 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
We are please to announce that the entire house (not the barn) is now insulated.
Now mon mari can have a nice warm place to work to stain and varnish all of the ceiling boards.
That ought to keep him out of mischief for a few weeks this winter…..
As well as keeping the staining and varnishing out of the TV room. It gets a little crowded.
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