Depths-of-Fall Butternut Squash Pie

My two-pies-in-one-pie-pan experiment helped me to choose my first pie for the pie competition at work. This pie is delicious. I’m thinking the filling would make a great squash salad for Thanksgiving…

Depths-of-Fall Butternut Squash Pie – from Dorie Greenspan’s “Baking from My House to Yours”
Double pie crust – I used this recipe
1 1/4 pounds (about 2 cups) cubed (1-inch) peeled, ready-to-cook butternut squash
2 ripe pears, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup moist, plump dried fruit, such as cranberries, raisins, or finely diced apples or pears
1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
Grated zest of 1/2 orange
2 Tbsp fresh orange juice
1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
2 Tbsp plain dry bread crumbs

Position rack in the lower third of oven and preheat to 400 degrees.

Cook squash in microwave for 6 minutes, or until almost cooked through (or you can steam the squash). Pat the squash dry and toss it into a large bowl.

Add the remaining filling ingredients to the bowl and turn them gently with a large rubber spatula to blend. Let the filling sit for 5 minutes or so, just long enough to give the sugar time to melt, then gently mix again.

Remove the pie plate and top crust from the refrigerator and put the pie plate on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat. Spoon the filling into the bottom crust and level the top. Brush the rim of the bottom crust with a little water and center the rolled-out top crust over the pie – if the top crust is too cold and not pliable, let it sit for a couple of minutes. Using your fingertips, press the top crust gently against the bottom. Seal crusts together.

Using a small sharp knife, cut 4 slits into the top crust, and cut a circle out of the center of the crust using the wide end of a pastry tip. Refrigerate pie for 30 minutes (if you have time). The pie can also be wrapped airtight and frozen for up to 2 months; bake directly from the freezer, adding about 10 minutes to the baking time.

Brush the top of the pie lightly with water and dust with a little sugar. Bake the pie for 55-60 minutes, or until it is deeply golden and the filling is bubbling up through the center hole. Check the pie at 40 minutes – if it is already pretty brown, cover it loosely with a foil tent. Transfer the pie to a rack to cool to just warm or room temperature.

Storing: This pie is really best served the day it is made. If you must keep it overnight, store it covered in the refrigerator and bring it to room temperature or warm it for a few minutes in a 350 degree oven before serving.

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12 Responses to “Acorn Squash Stuffed with Autumn Fruit Compote”

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — November 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I like to stuff my squash with something savory, like spicy sausage stuffing but your dish makes me re-think the whole concept!

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    Michelle — November 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    WOW this looks so good! Thank you for this recipe!

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    Kelsey — November 3, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I’m so glad you liked this. It is absolutely one of our favorite side dishes this time of year. Your pics are beautiful!

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    Daisy — November 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    what an awesome recipe!!! keeping it in mind…..

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — November 3, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    This looks so delicious! I have an acorn squash sitting on my counter at home…

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    Megan — November 3, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    This looks awesome! I roasted an acorn squash the other night and chopped it up and threw it in a salad. You’re making me wish I had stuffed it instead though!

    I linked to this recipe from Examiner. 🙂

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    We Love — November 3, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    This is awesome! Thanks for the post, the pics are great. Have never tried this before, it is a must. Also we will certainly be telling all of our walnut loving friends about it. This is a perfect post for #WalnutWednesday!

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    Danny — November 3, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    These looks fantastic!! great post 🙂

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    Eliana — November 4, 2010 at 3:28 am

    WOW – these do look like the perfect side dish. Will definitely have to give them a trial run before turkey day.

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    Melissa — November 4, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    hmm… is this something you think could be adapted for use with butternut squash? Obviously not really “stuffed”. I have a butternut that I’m looking for something to do with…

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    Amy Kingman — November 5, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Yum!!! 😀

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 7, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    What a delicious and tasty looking recipe! It just screams Fall!

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