Week 11 of 12 Weeks of Winter Squash features ugly, but delicious, butternut squash bread. I am fairly certain I lament nearly every time I bake a quick bread that I really can not get the darn thing to come out of the pan right to save my hide. I wait too long and it sticks, or I don’t wait long enough and it falls apart, or something altogether different happens that results in weird-looking bread.
This time, I lost the bottom crust. To add insult to injury, I could not cut through the tough crust without destroying the tender crumb underneath. The silver lining to this ugly bread is that it is incredibly delicious. Perfectly spiced and packed with flavor.
If you use canned butternut squash puree, it is a snap to whip up. If you are unable to find canned, pureed butternut squash at your grocery store (my grocery carries the Farmer’s Market brand alongside the Libby’s pumpkin puree), the recipe includes instructions for how to make your own at home. It’s as simple as roasting the squash until tender, then pureeing in a food processor.
Enjoy the bread on its own, or take a cue from the cookbook and serve it with a scoop of ice cream. Top it off with a dollop of butternut butter to really spice things up. Until our final week next week, enjoy!
- 1⅔ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup pureed butternut squash
- 2 tablespoons water
- Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Set aside.
- Stir together the sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, butternut squash puree and water until well combined.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix together until well incorporated.
- Pour the batter into a greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan and even out the top.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 60-90 minutes. The top should be well browned, and a toothpick inserted into the center will come out clean.
- Allow to cool to room temperature before slicing.