I want to say how much I love Autumn, but I’m just not sure I do just yet! I don’t really like starting to feel the cold. I am that person kicking leaves around the park with my children, wearing Birkenstocks in October in a desperate attempt to cling on to Summer. However – I am also the first person I know to start putting my heating on. The boys already have matching sheepskin slippers to wear and I have dusted off my slow cooker. I guess I’m trying my best to embrace the chill in the air, and with that always comes the first batches of Autumnal cooking. Mostly butternut squash it seems. I can’t tell you how many people have visited us and asked what that ‘thing’ is sitting in the fruit bowl. They’d probably die if I told them it was a vegetable that I used to make a cake with. Here are four of my favourite butternut squash recipes of late.

 

 

1 ) TORTA DI ZUCCA GIALLA – aka Italian sweet butternut squash pie which is so delicious. Recipe here.

 

2) CRUNCHY SPICED CORNFLAKE SQUASH – best straight out of the oven! Thickly slice a deseeded butternut squash (skin can be kept on) and place on a baking tray. Add salt, pepper, a pinch of chilli flakes, a pinch of cumin seeds, a teaspoon of coriander powder and a few handfuls of crushed cornflakes. Drizzle over a little oil and mix together with your hands to coat the squash. Cook in a hot oven for about 30-40 minutes. The best, I promise.

 

3) BUTTERNUT SQUASH PANCAKES – honestly, the best pancakes I have ever tasted. Recipe from the Roasted Root, here.

 

4) BUTTERNUT SQUASH BANANA BREAD – a winning combo no? I love Dana, the ‘Minimalist Baker’ and all of her recipes. Her blog is here, and this butternut squash banana bread is here.

 

Please tell me you know what a butternut squash looks like? (here you go) x

 

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