This is a delicious butternut squash pie with the flavors of brown sugar and cinnamon, and it's sure to bring a smile to your face. Try it instead of pumpkin pie at the next holiday dinner or get-together.
- 1 unbaked and chilled 9-inch pie shell
- 1 large butternut squash, cooked and pureed, about 1 1/2 cups pureed squash
- 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup evaporated milk or half-and-half
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp melted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Cut the squash in half lengthwise; remove stem and scoop out the seeds. Place the squash, cut side down, on a foil-lined oiled baking pan; 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 can be easily pierced with a fork. Let cool completely then peel and mash or puree the squash or put it through a food mill. Measure 1 1/2 cups of the squash and set aside.
- Reduce oven to 350° F and position an oven rack in the center of the oven. In a mixing bowl with electric mixer, beat the squash with the brown sugar. Add eggs, evaporated 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. Check after about 35 minutes and loosely set a ring of foil or a pie crust protector over the browned crust so it won't get too dark. When the filling is set, transfer the pie to a rack to cool. Serve just warm or at room temperature with a dollop of whipped topping or whipped cream.
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