Butternut Squash Bread, the update

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 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

Butternut Squash Bread


  • 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.

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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.

ceiling_insul2And all of the floor 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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Last update on December 15, 2014

15 thoughts on “Butternut Squash Bread, the update”

  1. I’m with you. I think butternut squash is far superior to pumpkin. It’s definitely our choice whenever we make “pumpkin pie”. I love butternut squash for soup and in ravioli as well.

    Your bread looks and sounds wonderful.

    Well done on the insulation!!

  2. Wow! That sure looks good. But, as I’m sure you know by now, instead of baking that squash for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours, you could pressure cook it for 6-7 minutes, with the skin on, and achieve the same result.

  3. Elizabeth, it started out as a practical move – pumpkin taking up too much room in the garden. Now we just like the squash better. Hmmmm ravoli – haven’t made that in awhile.

    brassfrog, good idea – but that wouldn’t heat up my kitchen LOL

    Amy, we like it better – and it’s what I have LOL

    Ina, we eat a lot of winter squash in all forms this time of year.

  4. I tuned in because of the title. I have read that most “pumpkin” pies use squash, although usually an uncommon (in North America) squash. I find that pumpkin flesh is dry while most winter squashes are juicy.

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