Happy October and long time no see. I'm writing today because I wanted to share a fantastic seasonal pie recipe that you all should try out. While I don't bake "professionally" like I used to out in Montana, living here in Buffalo has given me the opportunity to scale back the baking which also makes the eating all the more enjoyable. Having just moved into our apartment a few months back, last night my roommate Morgan and I finally had a proper housewarming party and several of our friends came over and brought a tremendous amount of delicious food while yours truly provided dessert.
The potluck was a certifiable success. Among many other delicious items, there were (Chinese) chicken wings, (Turkish) stuffed peppers and (Finnish) Karelian pierogies. Having a piece of pie with my coffee for breakfast this morning got me to thinking that I should probably give out a recipe or two once in awhile for those who might be interested.
A little background on the differences between Squash
Throughout the course of the party, a few friends asked me what was my favorite pie to make/eat. It didn't take long to answer that it is squash (and pumpkin) pie. So I've decided to share the recipe and offer a tips for preparing your own squash pie.
Keep in mind that the prep time is a little bit longer with these pies but the pay off is well worth it. Using fresh squash or pumpkin beats the canned version every day. I will also acknowledge that the canned stuff works extremely well and tastes good too but nothing can ever replace fresh ingredients. So without much further ado, here goes:
PPG's Delicata (Squash) Pie
1 (9 oz) pie crust/shell
16 oz squash (pureed)
2 large eggs (lightly beaten)
3/4 low-fat milk
3/4 C heavy whipping cream
1 TBSP butter (melted)
1/2 C brown sugar
5 TBSP sugar
1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp of salt
Heat your oven to 350 degrees
(It's 350 for the baking of the squash and then 425 for the baking of the actual pie)
Baking the squash in your oven is the longest in terms of time but is also, I find, the most efficient in ease of separating the fruit from the skin but more importantly it can also warm up your house and properly fill it with the scent of warm squash.
You will need an ovenproof container for my preferred method.
1) Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds.
2) Arrange/place the cleaned out halves with the skin placed on the bottom.
3) Cover the container and bake it for 45 to 90 minutes. (In my present oven it took 75 minutes, but usually it falls between 60-90 depending on how hot your oven runs)
4) Test it (after 45 minutes minimum) periodically by sticking it with a fork or spoon to see if it is soft.
5) Once it is soft to the touch, remove from the oven and place on top of the stove/counter and let cool for exactly 30 min. This will give time for the water that inevitably surfaces on top of the fruit filling to evaporate and settle back into the filling.
6) At that point you then scrape the fruit of the squash off of the skin. A little skin isn't the worst thing but the goal is to have no skin in the mixing bowl of baked squash filling.
7) Once you have the filling separated from the skin you can then place it all into a food processor and blend it for 4-6 minutes with the goal of making the puree as smooth as possible.
8) At this point you pour or measure 16 oz of the filling for use for the pie filling. Any extra fruit can be stored in the refrigerator.*
Once you have the squash puree, you are now ready to add the wet ingredients and then the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Once you have it all blended sufficiently you can pour the filling into your pie pan/shell.
At this point, you should (always) bake the pie on the bottom rack of your oven at 425 degrees for 30 to 60 minutes. Again, this speaks to the varying degrees of heat an oven produces but I find with even the hottest of ovens, it should take 40-50 minutes.
If you have any questions or feedback please let me know and I hope you'll get to try this delicious recipe out. Trust me, you will not be disappointed. Happy baking!