Butternut Squash Maple Bread

Celebrate fall without an ounce of pumpkin!

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After I finished making my butternut squash macaroni and cheese, I had about a cup of squash puree left over. I didn’t want to throw out such an autumn-friendly ingredient, especially one so bright and happy as the oranger-than-pumpkin puree, so I did a quick Google search and came up with this recipe from The Sweet Chick for butternut squash maple bread. The maple was an added plus, as my father’s friend from Maine – the same one who sent live lobsters in a Styrofoam ice chest last Christmas – had recently mailed us a box full of Maine goodies, including, naturally, Grade A pure maple syrup. (It also featured a lobster catnip toy for the cat last seen photobombing my brownie photo shoot.) I left out the white chocolate chips and nuts called for in Sweet Chick’s recipe and tossed in a cup of raisins instead – golden raisins, just because they matched the batter. (I am one of those people who is simply thrilled when her pink socks match the pink in her sweater – and all the better if both also match her pink underwear.)

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Like the macaroni and cheese, the bread didn’t taste like squash, exactly. In fact, if you hadn’t told me there was butternut squash in it, I would have just assumed it was a cinnamon-raisin bread with a hint of maple syrup. And like I made quite clear in my last post, I don’t approve of “hiding” vegetables for children by tucking them into otherwise kid-friendly dishes. But there are plenty of adults who aren’t getting their recommended daily allowance of orange vegetables. This, then, is the bread for you.

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Butternut Squash Maple Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf

Ingredients

For the bread

1 3/4 cups flour

1/2 cup quick oats

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. allspice

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

2 large eggs

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1/2 cup oil

1 cup butternut squash puree

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup golden raisins

For the crumble

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 Tbs. flour

2 Tbs. quick oats

2 Tbs. butter, softened and diced

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350.

For the bread

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices.

In a larger bowl, beat together eggs, maple syrup, oil and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.

Fold in raisins. Pour batter into a 9x5 loaf pan coated with cooking spray.

For the crumble

In a small bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, and oats.

Cut in butter and mix until crumbly.

Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the bread batter in the loaf pan.

Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Recipe from The Sweet Chick

http://www.especiallyedible.com/butternut-squash-maple-bread/

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