March 4, 2013

Pie for Breakfast: Pink Banana Squash with Maple.

Many of you know that I have a fierce love of baking. And most of our family and friends know our morning-after tradition in regards to our leftover but lavish baked goods. It may come as a surprise, but we serve ourselves pie and/or birthday cake for breakfast. It seems like the most luxurious thing ever. Given the average day is spelt cereal or similar. And although it probably amounts to a dozen or so days out of the year, I hope it's a memorable celebration of life that the Craunlets take with them into adulthood. 

I hope it someday also trumps their everyday memory of moaning and waiting while we have our morning cup of espresso before any breakfast is served up. I joked with Isabella about it this morning––us all eating leftover pie––that she'll probably remember the grueling 4-minute forever wait for breakfast while her parents enjoyed a small sip of slow down and get going from little white cups set upon small round plates that perfectly fit in the hand long into her adulthood. Right up to the laughs she'll share with her someday husband, as they are fixing their own little cups of espresso. She smiled, not up for contradiction this morning; she was likely contemplating these tomorrows.

Similar to a pumpkin pie, we were enjoying a deliciously light, yet rich, pink banana squash with maple pie for today's breakfast. Right after we finished our espresso.

Pink banana Squash with Maple Pie

1 prepared crust for a 9" pie plate

2 C pureed cooked pink banana squash
1 1/2 C heavy cream
2 eggs
1/4 C firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 C sugar
1 T maple syrup
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and integrate to a smooth mixture using an immersion blender. Pour into your prepared 9inch [unbaked] pie shell. Transfer carefully to preheated 425º oven. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350º [I also add pie crust shields at this point] and bake for an additional 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack completely, and enjoy.

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