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Butternut Brownies from The Everyday Squash Cook

Butternut Brownies

It's October, which means pumpkins and squash, and in their new book, The Everyday Squash Cook, Rob Firing, and Ivy and Kerry Knight show that squash is so much more than jack o'lanterns and pumpkin pie. Squash is as nutritious a it can be delicious, and it's also deliciously versatile. Here's proof: a recipe for Butternut Brownies (yum). 


Butternut Brownies 

It might sound strange, but adding butternut squash is the key to absolutely scrumptious brownies. The delicate squash flavour is overshadowed by the chocolate, but you won’t believe the difference its presence makes to these moist and rich brownies.

Makes 16 brownies

1½ cups diced (¼ to ½ inch) butternut squash

6 tablespoons butter

6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¾ cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon baking powder

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

The Everyday Squash Cook

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan or line it with parchment paper, allowing a few inches to hang over each side. Butter the parchment p …

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Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater

An excerpt from Nothing More Comforting: Canada's Heritage Food by Dorothy Duncan

I light the prairie cornfields Orange and tawny gold clusters And I am
called pumpkins.
Carl Sandburg, "Theme in Yellow"


Squash is the name we often use in Canada to include a wide variety of vegetables that grow throughout the western hemisphere. They are native to the Americas and were known and grown by the First Nations long before the arrival of explorers from other countries. Evidence of squash dating from 7,000 to 5,500 B.C. has been found at the Ocampa Caves in Mexico, and from there it would have travelled north. In the eastern United States, two-thousandyear- old burial mounds have yielded up similar evidence.

Among many First Nations, squash, beans, and corn were known as the Three Sisters.They were grown together, the corn standing tall and straight, the beans climbing the corn stalks, and the squash spreading out to control the weeds. When they were harvested, they were often eaten together to complement one another.

Early European explorers searching for the treasures of the Indies found instead the culinary treasures of the Americas, including squash. Although usually associated with North American cooking, squash was also carried to other parts of the world. In Great Br …

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