Butternut Squash Pie with Gingersnap Crust

Baking the pie shell before filling it ensures a perfectly crisp and flaky contrast to the smooth pumpkin filling. Check the pie 10 minutes or so before the end of baking time, then cover the edges with foil if the crust is becoming too brown.

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Makes:
8 servings
Prep:
40 mins
Bake:
45 mins 400°
Bake:
4 mins 375°
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Butternut Squash Pie with Gingersnap Crust

Ingredients
1
1 1/4
cups finely crushed gingersnap cookies
1/3
3
eggs, lightly beaten
1
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/4
cup sugar
3
tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1
1/2
teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2
teaspoon ground ginger
1/4
teaspoon ground cloves
 
Dash salt
 
Sweetened whipped cream (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil; set aside. Cut squash in half lengthwise; remove and discard seeds. Place squash halves, cut sides down, in the prepared baking pan. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees F.
  2. Scoop squash pulp from shells and place in a bowl. Mash with a potato masher. Measure 1-1/2 cups of the mashed squash; set aside. (Discard the remaining pulp or save for another use.)
  3. For crust, in a medium bowl toss together crushed gingersnaps and 1/3 cup melted butter. Press mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes or until edges are light brown. Remove from oven. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
  4. In a large bowl combine eggs, condensed milk, sugar, and 3 tablespoons melted butter. Stir in mashed squash. In a small bowl stir together flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. Stir flour mixture into squash mixture just until combined.
  5. Place crust-lined pie plate in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Carefully pour squash mixture into crust. Bake about 45 minutes or just until filling is set. Cool on a wire rack. If desired, serve with sweetened whipped cream. Cover and chill pie within 2 hours.

From the Test Kitchen

To make the leaf pattern, place your favorite leaf-shape cookie cutter gently on the center of the pie. Sprinkle cinnamon inside the cutter; remove cutter and make veins as you like by lightly pulling a butter knife or end of a chop stick through the crumbs.

Prefer pumpkin? Substitute canned pumpkin for the butternut squash. Not a fan of gingersnaps? Try graham crackers instead. Want to make it gluten free? Use gluten-free gingersnaps in the crust.

Nutrition Facts

(Butternut Squash Pie with Gingersnap Crust)
    Per serving:
  • 445 kcal cal.,
  • 20 g fat
  • (11 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 6 g monounsatured fat),
  • 118 mg chol.,
  • 316 mg sodium,
  • 61 g carb.,
  • 3 g fiber,
  • 39 g sugar,
  • 9 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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