Butternut Squash and Pecan Pie

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Can’t decide between pumpkin pie or pecan pie for Thanksgiving dinner?   Here is a pie that uses both!     I use butternut squash for the pumpkin layer but if you don’t have time to roast the squash, simply use canned pumpkin. Make sure to use canned pumpkin – not canned pumpkin pie mix which is pre-sweetened.


Ingredients

For the butternut squash filling

  • one 1 1/4 pound butternut squash (look for squash with long “necks” because that is where most of the flesh is)
  • 2 large eggs plus on large egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

For the pecan filling

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg plus one large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a cup chopped pecans

Instructions

For the crust101_0556

One recipe of your favorite pie dough rolled out and crimped in a pie plate. Freeze the pie shell prior to use to avoid “shrinking” while baking. Your pie shell can be made ahead and frozen for up to 3 weeks.

To prepare the butternut squashwholesquash

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking pan with 2 inch sides with foil. Select a squash that is approximately 1 and 1/4 to 1 and 1/2 pounds. When selecting a butternut squash, look for ones with long necks. The flesh is in the necks. The bottom round part of the squash is mainly seeds.

Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds with a spoon. Place the squash, flesh side down, in the prepared pan. Pour hot water into the squashinpanpan. You should have about 1 1/2 inches of water in the pan. This will “steam” the squash as it bakes.

Bake squash until tender. Stick the tip of a paring knife into the skin of the squash. If it comes out easily, the squash is done. Typically, the squash will take from 45 minutes to 1 hour to become cooked through.

squashprocessor2Cool ssqiashinprocessorquash for about an hour or until it can easily be handled. Scoop out the squash flesh and place in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. You should have about 2 cups of flesh. (if substituting canned pumpkin, use 2 cups of pumpkin).

Pulse the squash to puree. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until combined.   Set filling aside as you make the pecan filling.

To prepare the pecan filling

In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, eggs, corn syrup, molasses and vanilla. Whisk to combine. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, add the pecanlayerpecans and mix.

Remove prepared pie shell from the freezer. Place the pecan filling into the bottom of the pie shell

Pour the butternut squash filling on top of the pecan filling. Set the pie on a baking sheet (in case some of the mixture spills over in your oven!)101_0588squash layer

Place in the preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until the filling is lightly browned and set. Remove pie and let cool for 1 1/2 hours before slicing.

 

 

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