Butternut Custard Recipe
This butternut custard recipe is a delicious alternative to pumpkin pie! It may be made with any winter squash that has dense, dry flesh that is deep orange and flavorful. You could also use canned pumpkin, if you don’t have winter squash. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and serve warm or cold…you’ll enjoy each bite!
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So Many Squash, So Little Time!
We harvested an abundance of winter squash from our garden last year. My all time favorite variety is Butternut squash and we had a nice haul of them to stash away for winter. Do you know what that means? Lots of new recipes to try!
I used two different pumpkin pie recipes to create this delicious way to enjoy Butternut squash. (One recipe is from my Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook and the other was from the label on a can of pumpkin from the store.)
You can bake this custard in a 9 x 13″ cake pan or make two 9″ pies with it. Your family won’t know that it isn’t pumpkin, unless you tell them. This is a great way to get kids to eat their veggies!
Easy Recipe For Butternut Custard
This recipe is easy to make, and the prep time is pretty minimal unless you are cooking and mashing the squash. Use canned pumpkin or squash if you don’t have your own.
- 4 cups butternut squash, mashed or pureed
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Grease a 9 x 13″ non-reactive baking dish, or prepare 2 single crust pie shells. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine squash, spices, and sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Add eggs and combine. Add condensed milk, milk, and vanilla extract. Mix well.
- Pour squash custard mixture into greased baking dish or pie shells. Place in preheated oven. Bake for approximately 40 – 45 minutes, or until center of custard is set and a knife inserted halfway between edge and center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 15 to 20 minutes and serve with whipped cream, if desired.
Don’t Let Those Butternut Squash Go To Waste!
If you have Butternut squash in your root cellar, you’ll want to use them up by the end of March. Butternut squash keeps up to 6 months under ideal storage conditions.
To increase the storage life of your Butternut squash, you should harvest when fully ripe. Be careful not to break stem off of fruits. Clean the surface of your squash with a mild bleach solution or vinegar water to remove mold spores and bacteria. Cure squash in a warm (80 F), dry area out of direct sunlight for 1 or 2 weeks. Once squash are cured, rub the surface with a clean cloth and a dab of mineral oil to help protect the squash from mold.
Store cured squash in a cool (50 – 60 F), dry spot, out of direct sunlight. Place on shelves or cardboard, not on concrete to protect from condensation, which can lead to rot.
Check your squash often for soft spots, mold or rot… especially around the stem. If you notice your squash starting to wither or develop bad spots, use them up quickly or cook and freeze the flesh.
What is your favorite recipe for Butternut squash?
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The author lives outside of Chicago with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a variety of poultry.