Friday, November 13, 2015

Bake a Butternut Squash Bread!

Butternut Squash Bread!
November & Butternut Squash go hand in hand!  I learned this a long time ago.  Growing up I didn't realize that on Thanksgiving Day so many families enjoyed this orange veggie served on their Thanksgiving Day Dinner table!  My family always did & we also had 2 large gardens.  This very tasty vegetable had its spot in one of the gardens.  That held true after my hubby & I were married.  Knowing that I wanted a garden, our kind generous landlord plowed up a section of his side yard so I'd have my veggie garden.  Nice!  The fertile Hampden County soil in Western MA was/ still is perfect to grow crops!  A surprise one August day was when a few cows from the local farm up the road walked down the hill, because they smelled & craved our (Silver Queen) corn.  They were shooed away without too much damage.

Cooked/ mashed Butternut Squash always found a place in our large freezer.  It's a given every year that a bag or 2 of this veggie will be used for Butternut Squash Bread!  What a moisty light dessert bread!  It's become a family fave.  Egg Whites & Olive Oil for baking & sauteing help create the light texture.  Butternut Squash Bread freezes very well after baking/ cooling, too.  This past weekend our younger son was "back home".  On his return trip packed in his suitcase was a Butternut Squash Bread that fit so well in a Ziploc Freezer container.

This weekend I'll be using this recipe again while preparing for Thanksgiving Day!  Have you baked one yet?

Butternut Squash Bread

Oven:  350°F      Time:  55 Minutes  

1 and 1/2 Cups Flour
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon Ground Cloves (optional, but delicious)
1  Cup Sugar

4 Egg Whites (= total of 2 Whole Eggs)
3/4 Cup Olive Oil for sauteing & baking
1 Cup Butternut Squash (cooked, mashed & cooled - defrosted if frozen)

  1.  Spray 1 large bread pan with PAM. 
  2.  Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3.  Combine all dry ingredients in large bowl.
  4.   In smaller bowl, beat Egg Whites until frothy.
  5.   Mix in Olive Oil.
  6.   Add mashed Butternut Squash to Egg Whites/Olive Oil & stir.
  7.  Pour liquid mixture into dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  8.  Pour batter into bread pan.
  9.   Bake at 350°F for 55 Minutes or until toothpick or cake tester comes out clean when inserted in  middle of loaf.
  10.  Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 Minutes.
  11.  Then remove from pan & continue cooling.
  12.   Later, place on plate & cut into slices.
This is one yummy dessert bread to bake for Thanksgiving weekend!  The perfect time to bake it is now, while you're planning your menu.  Then, freeze the dessert.  You could use pumpkin, but the Butternut Squash- oh yum!  Your guests will enjoy this delicious treat!   



Pam said...

Your bread looks great, Judy! I've never made bread with squash, it sounds delicious. My dad had many gardens, even started the community gardens in Louisville, but I don't remember squash of any kind on our table. Guess mom didn't like it, but I make varieties of it often, and am happy to have this recipe! Take care

JG said...

Pam- Thanks! Growing up we totally enjoyed squash. It was one of our veggies. :)