I will admit that I have had squash in the past and more recently that I didn’t like. I don’t know if it was the particular squash or just the way it was prepared. However, since I started cooking squash in the past couple of years, most of what I’ve made has been very tasty and did not have that nasty squashy flavor that I always associated with it.
I’ve also learned that squash is very easy to cook. If you don’t want to deal with cutting a hard squash, just roast it whole. If you are able to cut it in half, that will speed up the cooking time. Some are not so hard to cut and can be peeled and steamed like in this recipe. I’ve also cooked squash in my pressure cooker.
For this month’s quick bread loaf challenge I thought of making a pumpkin bread, since I don’t yet have a recipe for that on my blog. However, I wanted to do something a little less common, and so I used butternut squash puree instead of pumpkin. I haven’t tried this recipe with pumpkin, but I bet it would work just as well. This bread rose well, it was soft and moist, but not too moist. It tasted much like pumpkin bread, but the butternut squash has a gentle flavor of its own. My family loved it, and it was gone in no time.
Butternut Squash Bread
- 2 cups butternut squash puree (1 med. squash)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2/3 cup melted coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 1/4 cups sorghum flour
- 1 cup millet flour
- 3/4 cup potato starch
- 1/2 cup tapioca starch
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons xanthan gum
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 cup chopped toasted pecans or walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350°. Grease two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans.
- Prepare the butternut squash puree. (Peel, remove seeds, cut in chunks, and steam about 20 minutes or until tender. Puree with a blender or food processor.)
- In the bowl of your mixer, combine the wet ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients except for the nuts.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix just until moistened. Stir in the nuts. Pour the batter into the loaf pans and bake at 350° for 50 – 60 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
- Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes two loaves.
Other add ins would be good in this recipe. Try raisins, dried cranberries, or chocolate chips. You could also vary the spices and try nutmeg, cardamom, or allspice.