Tuesday, November 23, 2010

TWD - Depths of Fall Butternut Squash Pie



This week's Tuesday with Dorie is a rewind week to allow US members to make what they want from Dorie's book for Thanksgiving (or just because). I am going to rebel and do a fast forward instead. When it was my turn to choose a recipe recently, I was torn between the Fold Over Pear Torte (which I eventually chose), and the Depths of Fall Butternut Squash Pie. Both sounded intriguing, and neither had a photo in the book, so either choice was a magical mystery tour to see where you ended up.

It may be the depths of spring here, but I still really wanted to make the Butternut Squash Pie - so for this week, that is what I have made.

The pie is chock full of cooked cubes of butternut squash, cubed pears, dried cranberries, chopped walnuts, orange juice and zest, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar:


This filling is then encased in a double pie crust, sprinkled with sugar, and baked until golden:



You are supposed to use Dorie's Good for Almost Anything Pie Dough - forgive me, I am incredibly time poor at present, and I used store bought pie dough. It still turned out really well.

The smell of fruit and spices in the pie while it is baking beckons like the Lorelei to the sailors (with a happier ending, of course!), and I found it hard to wait for the bubbling, golden pie to cool. When you slice open the crust of the pie, the fruity, juicy filling spills out into the pie plate, making it irresistible to scoop up with a spoon. The squash blends in with the fruit and tastes decidedly un-squash like - it is more like apple or pear.

I loved this pie, and would make it again in a heart beat - which I am sure I will when someone chooses it for TWD. To see what Dorie recipes everyone else made this week, visit the LYL section of the TWD blogroll.

26 comments:

Juliana said...

Wow, your butternut squash pie sure looks good...perfect for a Thanksgiving dinner :-)

Nutmeg Nanny said...

This pie looks so hearty and delicious! Perfect for Fall :)

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

You know what? This recipe sounds incredible! No wonder you'd make it again in a heartbeat...so full of deliciousness.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

That looks delicious and full to the brim with goodness :D

Johanna GGG said...

hmmm pastry, pear, I see a theme emerging - but wish I could smell your kitchen when your pies are baking! Sounds delicious

Sweet and Savory said...

I have never made this but after seeing yours, I want to bake it, badly. Gorgeous!

Conor @ Hold the Beef said...

I think your rebellious nature was rewarded here. You're a rebel with a pie-y cause.

Lauryn said...

YUM!!! This looks amazing!!! Awesome!

Beth said...

This looks great! It really is a perfect fall dish.

Flourchild said...

Yum it looks and sounds very good! Great Fall choice!

Mary said...

I'm glad you made this recipe so I could get a look at it! You are my preview site! I saw this in the book, but really wasn't sure about it--I didn't know how the textures would work for me. It looks great, with that syrup running out, so I may give it a try if I get brave.
:)

Heavenly Housewife said...

I love those rich flavours associated with fall, this sounds heavenly (even if u did cheat a teeny ;)).
*kisses* HH

Clivia said...

This pie looks outstanding. I can't wait to taste to flavour of the filling. I hope we get around to it soon.

Karen said...

What a fun fast forward! :) Looks delicious!

yummychunklet said...

Looks delicious! I'm curious to taste the butternut squash in a fruit pie.

Kayte said...

Fast Forward...tee hee...you are too funny. I'm thinking this looks pretty good and I am thinking it is seasonal now so maybe I should give it a run. Looks great, and I won't tell a soul about that pie crust...I have been known to use such myself now and again.

Jennifer said...

I love it when people take photos of what they've mixed up before they've made the actual product-what a colorful blend of fruits! I Haven't ever made anything with butternut squash, but I have wanted to so very much. I love the look of your pie-it is just beautiful!!!!!!!

TeaLady said...

Oh, My but this does look good. Hope someone picks it soon. As if we really need an excuse to make anything.

cindy said...

What a fun pie. Such an interesting combination, can't wait to try it!

Judy said...

I haven't seen that recipe before, and I do like all those ingredients, so I will have to look it up and see about baking it. Nice choice.

margot said...

Wow, that looks wonderful! I'm glad you fast-forwarded so we could see what this one looks like. Hope you are less "time poor" soon, it is so nice to be able to have time to relax in the kitchen.

Honey @ honeyandsoy said...

Initially I couldn't figure out if this would be a sweet or savoury pie, but the fruit soon confirmed it. Yum, I'm really interested in the taste of this pie!

jillbert said...

Wow, I've never noticed that one in the book, but it sounds intriguing! I love squash, and it's sweet, so I can see how it would work with the other ingredients to make a great pie.

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

My entire family loves butternut squash pie. The flavors are quite unique. Thanks for sharing

The Blonde Duck said...

I love any and all pies. This sounds stupendous.

scrambledhenfruit said...

This sounds wonderful! I love the pears and squash together- it just screams Fall, and it's perfect for Thanksgiving!