I bought a butternut squash at the farmshop this week and fancied trying something a little bit different…
This recipe requires one half of the squash, I made soup with the remaining half.
The other good thing about this cake is it’s flour-less, so if you have a gluten intolerance its great, not so good if you have a nut allergy.
Butternut Squash and Almond Cake
- 1/2 butternut squash (medium-sized)
- 200g ground almonds
- 100g fine sugar
- 100g butter (or equivalent)
- 2 eggs
- 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
- Butter for greasing
- Peel the squash with a potato peeler. Chop off the stalk and flower end. Chop in half and use a spoon to remove the seeds. Chop into 1/2 inch cubes.
- Steam in a steamer (or in a large sieve above a pan of boiling water) until soft – about 10-15 minutes. Make sure it’s dry before you use it in the cake.
- Mash the squash until pureed. Let it cool until its warm, (if using freshly-cooked squash). If using leftovers, cold is fine.
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C.
- Cream the butter and the sugar together, until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs to the butter and sugar, with 2 tablespoons of the ground almonds and the baking powder. Beat well.
- Add the squash and beat well to combine.
- Mix in the rest of the almonds. The mixture should be thick, but if it’s too thick to stir, add some of the liquid from steaming the squash (cooled), a couple of tablespoons at a time. (Use milk if you don’t have any steaming water left).
- Grease a 7-8 inch cake tin. Put the mixture in the tin and spread it out evenly. Bake at 180 degrees C for about 45 minutes, until a sharp knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Note: if the cake starts to brown too soon, lightly cover it with foil. You might need a longer cooking time, depending on how much squash went in and how your cooker “does” cakes!
- Delicious as it is, or serve with cream or custard.
- Its delicious served on its own, but serving it with apple and blackberry syrup turned it into something really special.
Apologies for the lack of photographs .. my camera is still out of action (hoping santa will bring me a new one).