Winter squash are in season now! It’s time to use that bounty in delicious and unusual ways. Here is a delightful idea for dessert. You can use any winter squash with this recipe. Enjoy!

butternut squash recipe

Recipe thanks to Better Homes and Gardens

Butternut Squash Tart with Nutmeg Whipped Cream

Ingredients

  • 1 Recipe Rich Tart Pastry (below)
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 ½ pounds butternut squash, peeled, halved, seeded and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sugar
  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella or provolone cheese
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon finely shredded orange peel

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Prepare Rich Tart Pastry. On a lightly floured surface roll pastry to a 13×10-inch rectangle. Transfer to an 11x8x1-inch tart pan with removable bottom and press up the sides of the pan. Trim edges even with edge of pan. Place tart pan on a baking sheet. Line pastry with a double thickness of foil. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 4 more minutes or until pastry is set and dry. Set aside to cool slightly. Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees F.

In a 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. Cook and stir until combined and bubbly. Add squash and cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Use tongs to remove squash from saucepan, arranging slices in 2 rows lengthwise over pastry. Spoon over any remaining sauce. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon coarse sugar.

Bake, uncovered, 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 5 minutes more or until pastry is golden and squash is tender. Cool slightly.

For nutmeg whipped cream, in a chilled medium mixing bowl combine whipping cream, and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed or a large whisk until soft peaks form.

Remove sides of pan; sprinkle with orange peel. Serve warm with whipped cream.

Rich Tart Pastry

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of cold butter, cut up
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon of ice water

Directions

In a medium bowl, stir together flour and sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in cold butter until pieces are pea size. In a small bowl stir together egg yolks and ice water. Gradually stir egg yolk mixture into flour mixture. Using your fingers, gently knead the pastry just until a ball forms. Cover pastry with plastic wrap and chill for 30 to 60 minutes or until pastry is easy to handle.