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Better Than Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Better Than Pumpkin Pie

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"Looks like pumpkin, tastes like pumpkin, but it's butternut squash!"

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Original recipe makes 1 - 9 inch pie Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    50 mins

    1 hr 10 mins


  1. Place squash in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and simmer over medium heat until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain, and cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. In a blender or food processor, combine butternut squash, brown sugar, cornstarch, egg, milk, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg. Process until smooth. Pour into the unbaked pie shell.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes, or until a table knife comes out clean when inserted in the center.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 02, 2003

Yummy! this IS ever better than pumpkin pie. Super creamy. The squash is easy to deal with if prebaked (halved, seeds scooped out, face down in a baking pan with a little water with a 1/2 inch of water, covered in foil and baked for 1/2 hour at 350*) Then you can just scoop it out and you're ready to puree with the other ingredients.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 27, 2002

The butternut squash worked out fine and I like the idea but this recipe was FAR too spicy. I tried again with half the spices and it was still too strong for me!

Nov 24, 2005

I microwaved a small butternut sq. for three minutes to make it easy to cut and easy to peal. No puncturing necessary, it won't blow up. I ground both my allspice and cloves in a crucible. I added all 5 of the spices to a room temperature beaten egg and let set 30 minutes to bloom/release the taste(Std. Minnonite trick for all recipes using spices and eggs). I substituted 1/3 cup each of the following sugars: white, brown and corn syrup (Std cowboy trick for richer taste). At 35 minutes I placed a shield over the edges. I used a crust calling for cold unsalted butter and ice water and cut 1" overhang with shears and folded under the edge and used my nuckle inside and two pinching fingers outside to form the edge. Squash/slide extra dough into center bottom to combat crust shrinkage. One guy at the Thanks Giving table ate three pieces and wanted more.

Nov 07, 2003

This is the best Pumpkin(squash) Pie I have ever made & I`m an old woman! I have been making pie for 50 years.

Oct 02, 2003

I had never made any kind of pumpkin pie before, but this one turned out so well that I never WILL make a "real" pumpkin pie! The butternut squash was easy to work with, and the whole recipe was simple. The only slight problem I had was getting the pie into the oven without spilling, since it was quite liquidy before cooking (but it turned out the perfect consistency). We had it with whipped cream on top--yum! The second time I made this pie, I didn't have any of the frozen/unbaked pie crusts. I used a graham ready-made pie shell, and it turned out great! The liquid seeped into the crust, giving it some flavor and preventing it from burning in the oven.

Nov 15, 2005

I made this pie for friends & they pronounced it fabulous. For the squash: Cut in half & microwave cut side down in a dish w/ 1/4 " water approx. 15 minutes. Cool & scoop out flesh. Super Easy to work with. Sooooooooooooooo smooth & not too sweet. I plan on making it for Thanksgiving. Forget canned pumpkin!

Nov 01, 2006

Wow. I really wanted a pumpkin pie, but I like them made from fresh pumpkin and they were all sold out here. This was fantastic. I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of doing the squash in the oven. I think next time I'll just follow ALL of the directions and boil it. Either way, this is a fantastic pie and well worth the trouble. After this, you'll never eat an autumn time pie out of a can again! Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe!!

Apr 06, 2009

wow,, this pie is sooo creamy and smooth.. just like i remember pumpkin pie.. it tastes just like it, same color, same everything LOL .. mine wasnt that pretty but its really good. changes i made (due to reviewers saying it wasnt enough filling): 1 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 1/2 cup MASHED butternut squash (about 2 3/4 cup chopped) 1 1/4 cup evaporated milk, 2 medium eggs, 1 tbsp cornstarch, 1/8 teaspoon cloves, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg and ginger each. soo good! baked 55 minutes then turned off the oven and left it in there 10 more minutes.. i made this with the butter flaky pie crust from this site!


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  • Calories
  • 249 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 36.2 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 32 mg
  • 11%
  • Fat
  • 10.2 g
  • 16%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 4.2 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 189 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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