I’m on a roll with fall flavors. Butternut squash might be one of the most versatile vegetables in the garden. It is wonderful roasted, in salads, soups and stews. Butternut squash is a fantastic filling for ravioli and gnocchi, it can be spiced up or sweetened. Today we’re using it to bake butternut squash brown butter bundt cake. There’s something about brown butter that is a game changer. If a recipe has brown butter in the ingredients it’s most likely going to be amazing. This cake is no exception.
Recently my friend Aran launched her second cookbook. Cannelle et Vanille Nourishing, Gluten-Free Recipes for Every Meal and Mood. That title is a mouth full but in this book Aran Goyoaga has combined a selection of recipes I could literally live the rest of my days eating. If you eat gluten you won’t even miss it in these recipes.
This Cake was inspired by her roasted squash cake. I added my Bourbon Caramel Sauce recipe because – duh – bourbon caramel sauce! I did not, however, make this one gluten free. Mostly because I had all the ingredients in my pantry to make it using all purpose flour and I didn’t want to run to the store in the rain! If you want the gluten free recipe I urge you to pick up Aran’s book. She has perfected the art of combining non-gluten flours to produce the most amazing flavor and texture. I’ve made many recipes from her first book and I’ve loved every dish.
Butternut Squash Brown Butter Cake
- one butternut squash
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter plus more for greasing the pan
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2/3 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- three eggs lightly beaten at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons finally grated orange zest
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed orange juice
- powdered sugar for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 400° please the squash cut side down on a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes or until the flash is tender all the way through. Check by inserting the tip of a knife into the thickest part of the squash. Let the squash cool at room temperature until it can be handled.
- Scoop the squash flesh into the blender or food processor and purée until smooth. Measure out 1 1/2 cup squash. Reserve the rest for another use. You could make soup with it or freeze it
- Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F
- Melt the butter in a small sauce pan over medium high heat. Continue cooking the butter until the milk solids start to turn brown and smell nutty. Pour the brown butter into a bowl and set aside to cool.
- Brush the bottom and sides of a 6 cup Bundt pan with butter in a large bowl whisk together the flour, almond flour, granulated sugar and light brown sugar, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
- Mix in the squash purée cooled brown butter eggs orange zest and orange juice until smooth.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared Bundt pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert the cake into a cooling rack and remove the pan.
- Let the cake cool for another 10 minutes, then dust the top with powdered sugar and serve.
Option: Serve the cake with a drizzle of Bourbon Caramel Sauce
see recipe below.
Bourbon Caramel Sauce
- 1/2 cup of good bourbon
- 6 ounces of cold unsalted butter cut into pieces
- 3/4 cup of light brown sugar
- In a medium sized pot on high heat add in the bourbon, bring to a boil and cook about 5 minutes.
- Next, reduce heat then whisk in the butter until melted. Add in the brown sugar and whisk until combined.
- Let cool slightly, serve.
About the Author
Photographer Sally Roeckell specializes in contemporary lifestyle portraiture with an emphasis on food photography. Her Blog, Table and Dish is a website devoted to celebrating and curating the many ways that food binds us. Sally hopes that her recipes and images will inspire you to gather your friends and family in the kitchen to make memories, use the time to connect with busy kids, chat over mixing bowls, get messy, laugh, sing, set the table, clear the table, pass the salt, debate the days topics and pray. You can follow her here as a weekly contributor to 365Barrington and Heinen’s as well as via Table and Dish on Instagram and on her website at TableAndDish.com.
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