Apples & Pears atop a Cinnamon Butternut Squash

Hi Katherine,

It’s been a while… well, I think we needed a while; and while it was nice to take a week off to run through the busy-ness of this time of year, I want to be inspired with food and experiment again. I hope things are alright with you in the east coast beast coast/feast coast. How are things with you, Katherine, in the food world? Life is full of priorities, right? I know this is the time of year where everyone has a million things to do and eat and see and hear… and in between when we get the chance to breathe, we are able to be thankful. And in the spirit of being thankful, I wanted to thank you for being such an awesome food blog partner!

Anywho~ back with the food experiments. So, I tried a couple of things with this butternut squash and it was alright.

What do you think about a squash being speared by fruits? Well, I wanted to see what it looked like so there’s a version where I spear the squash and another one where I just nicely place it atop the squash. You can see for yourself in the photos below.

Ingredients & Instructions:

  • 1 Butternut Squash
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter
  • Honey or Maple Syrup (or Agave)
  • Brown sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F
  2. Slice the butternut squash in half
  3. Then draw lines with your knife into each of the squash halves
  4. They should look like little squares in the squash halves
  5. Then slice some butter and place them on top of the squash
  6. Then take some honey (or maple syrup or agave) and drizzle it on top of the squash
  7. Then sprinkle some cinnamon on top of all of that
  8. By this time, the oven should be completely preheated… reduce oven to 350F
  9. Stick the butternut squash into the oven for 30minutes (see photos below):

10. It should look like the below photos after 30 minutes.

 

 

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After 30 minutes of baking in the oven, take it out and get ready to slice the fruits!
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11. Take apples and pears – one apple + one pear or one of your favorite fruit and slice thinly.

You can place them on top nicely or stab the squash with the slices of fruit. You choose.

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You can slice the fruits like this and place it and lay it down nicely atop the butternut squash.
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You can see the picture above – after slicing the fruit and place in the oven for 30minutes… and the photo below of what it looks like 30minutes after it’s been in the oven! 🙂 
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As you can see by the photo above, the fruit and cinnamon atop the squash are lightly cooked.
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I stabbed the spears of apples & pears into the squash and it didn’t look half bad lol.

Anyway, this entire dish literally took less than an hour.

30 minutes of squash in the oven, plus 30 minutes of fruit on top of the squash in oven. Then, sprinkle brown sugar on top if you want it a bit sweeter. It also adds a nice crunch.

It tasted a lot prettier than it looks.

I went super simple on this and it is the perfect compliment to the bird… well, I did cook for one, but if you want it as a dish for a group of people, you could actually cut up the butternut squash into squares and  put them in a baking dish, mix together all the ingredients – honey, sugar, etc. and then serve the people.

I hope you can try this dish and even spear the squash with the slices of fruit… Honestly, it could be cooked in the oven a bit longer, but I got impatient and just ate it and the fruit was still crunchy. If cooked a bit longer in the oven, it would meld even more splendidly, taste-wise, with the squash.

Well, until the next recipe, I’ll write you again then soon!

Hungry, still,

Anne

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