butternut squash pie with spiced whipped cream

October is officially my favorite month. I love everything about it. the crisp morning air, the leaves turning colors, and most importantly, fall produce rolling into the supermarkets. I went to the grocery store on the 1st and was so happy to see piles and piles of pumpkins, gourds, colorful corn, and squash. I've told you before about my love for butternut squash, so I've been hunting for new ways to cook with it. I'd heard stories about using butternut squash in place of pumpkin in my favorite seasonal pie and decided to go with it. I dressed up the recipe a tad and friends, let me tell you.... I think it's better than the original. so give it a try at your next holiday meal or for a weekend treat.

Butternut Squash Pie

:: for pie ::
1 unbaked and chilled 9-inch pie shell
1 15oz can of butternut squash
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
3 large eggs
3/4 cup condensed milk
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tbsp melted butter
1 tsp vanilla

• preheat oven to 350° F. I
• beat the squash with the brown sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer.
• add eggs, condensed 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.
• when the filling is set, transfer the pie to a rack to cool.

:: for whipped cream ::
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp ground cloves

• beat whipping cream, sugar, and spices in bowl until peaks form.
• spoon large dollops around edge of warm pie and serve.

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Blogger .francesca said...

oh alyson, you have outdone yourself. i am officially fat, just reading this recipe. FAT and HAPPY. good thing i have an excuse - it's my birthday month :)


October 3, 2008 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Mmmmmmm. I love butternut squash even more than pumpkin, so I'll have to give this a try as soon as the weather cools down a bit.

October 3, 2008 at 2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds really good! Looks like I'll end up baking another one of your lovely pies, thanks for sharing.

October 3, 2008 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger steph- whisk/spoon said...

sounds wonderful!

October 3, 2008 at 8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where do you find butternut squash in a can?

October 4, 2008 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger alyson. said...

I found it at Whole Foods in the same section as the pumpkin.

however, if Butternut Squash is not available canned, here's what I'd suggest. hope this helps:

cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. place squash on a foil-lined oiled baking pan and 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 it can be easily pierced with a fork. after it's cooled completely, peel and mash the squash and measure 1 1/2 cups of the squash and set aside.

October 4, 2008 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

hmmm i've wondered about this too! glad to know it turned out well. i love BN squash!!!

October 5, 2008 at 4:52 PM  
Anonymous Emily said...

Thanks for not making us make the pie crust from scratch. Butternut squash is one of my favorite things... but I've never mastered pie crust. Can't wait to try this!!!

October 6, 2008 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Emilia Jane said...

So I should have read the comments before I started shopping for ingredients bc I could not for the life of me find butternut squash. So I just followed the directions with pumpkin and it was the most AMAZING thing I have ever tasted. I'm a chocolate freak so that's saying A LOT. Next week I'll go to Whole Foods first and make the butternut squash version. Thank you! (Also, I didn't see vanilla in the ingredients although it's in the directions. Just FYI.)

October 7, 2008 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Tartelette said...

What a great take on "the other" gourd pie :) It turned out gorgeous!

October 7, 2008 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger paula said...

i am so excited, now i can actually make that pie! thanks for sharing

October 9, 2008 at 1:46 PM  
Anonymous Haley said...

This pie sounds fabulous! What a great idea to substitute butternut squash for pumpkin! And I have to agree, October is my favorite month as well!

We would love to feature your creative recipe on our blog and possibly on our digital recipe reader! If interested email me at haleyglasco@gmail.com

October 9, 2008 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger Caviar and Codfish said...

Just found your blog and wanted to chime in on how beautiful it is. Great work!

Butternut squash pie... sounds fab though I've never thought of it before. In fact it sounds better than pumpkin. :)

October 12, 2008 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger Prairie Girl said...

oh goodness - I have stopped in to your blog from time to time, but this...this looks heavenly.

Butternut Squash screams Autumn for me and my family. I'm pretty sure my husband's tongue will come rolling out of his mouth when he sees this.

Can't wait to give it a try.

October 16, 2008 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger Katie Jean said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and this is the first post I've read. Holy Cow, I want to make that pie right this minute!! It looks delicious!

October 22, 2008 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger SHUZZON said...

hi how are you

October 23, 2008 at 3:42 PM  
Anonymous Meg said...

Google Reader just suggested your blog to me and wow!! I'm glad it did!

Butternut squash has to be my favorite thing, year round. This is definitely going to be tested out on my family this fall!

October 25, 2008 at 9:19 PM  
Anonymous DD said...

This looks incredible. It makes sense and yet, who would have thought? I love it.

November 11, 2008 at 9:28 AM  
Anonymous fanny said...

october is my favourite month too. sad I now have to wait for another year.
luckily, squash are still around so I'll most certainly try your recipe since it looks terrific.

xx fanny

November 11, 2008 at 10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I read the title, my jaw dropped and I practically hit my head off my desk - you know, in that way where you collapse in your bowl of soup, or mashed potatoes? except I'm at my desk - that's how I felt when I imagine butternut squash pie... you are an angel of light, dear sweet recipe-maker... I'm so happy!!! I might just cry.

November 14, 2008 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

omg you are so bookmarked. This looks like heaven !

November 16, 2008 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

me again ! i made this over the weekend ! Unfortunately i didn't find butternut squash so i replace it with pumpkin.
It was so good !

November 17, 2008 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger Michelle Parks McCourt said...

You are so talented! I am going to try one of these pies for Thanksgiving.

November 18, 2008 at 4:43 AM  
Anonymous Ontwerpburo Tas-ka said...

Beautiful blog, with lovely cakes and also nice photo's! mmm I'm hungry...

November 19, 2008 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

That is a wonderful picture. And, although I don't like the Fall, your pie looks great!

November 20, 2008 at 4:51 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

my mouth just started watering, this looks delicious.

If I haven't asked you already I would love for you to be a guest blogger on the up coming Truant blog that is set to launch in January. We are looking for fantastic bloggers like yourself to be involved.

let me know!

November 24, 2008 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

butternut squash is my new favorite alternative to pumpkin pie. this look incredible and i'm definitely going to have to give it a try!

December 3, 2008 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Tori said...

Mmm i must make these!

January 27, 2009 at 8:44 PM  
Anonymous Aparna said...

Its look delicious.

March 17, 2009 at 12:09 AM  
Blogger Paige Appel said...

totally gotta make this. love your blog!

September 8, 2009 at 8:45 PM  

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