Buttercup Squash Custard

October 2006
Buttercup Squash Custard

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It's easy to scoop the squash from its shell if you pop it in the microwave first to soften it.

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 25 mins

Cook: 45 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 cup squash (about 2 pounds)
  • 3 large eggs, plus 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Directions
  1. Pierce the squash all over with a fork and place on a damp paper towel in a shallow microwavable dish. Microwave on high until tender, about 15 minutes. Let the squash cool, then cut in half horizontally and, using a spoon, scoop out and discard the seeds and tough fibers. Scoop out the flesh and set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees . Combine the eggs, egg yolks and cream in a food processor or blender. Add the cooked squash, sugar and nutmeg and blend until smooth.
  3. Butter four 8-ounce ovenproof mugs or ramekins and place them in a 9-by-12-inch baking pan. Fill the mugs with the custard, then carefully pour hot water into the pan to reach halfway up the sides of the mugs. Bake the custards until set, 30 to 40 minutes.
Tip
  • La Spinetta Moscato d'Asti Bricco Quaglia 2005 (Italy)
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  • To add a sweet crunch to the custard, cover the surface of each cooked custard with granulated sugar. Place the custards on a baking sheet and broil until the sugar caramelizes, 3 to 5 minutes.
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