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Easy Acorn Squash Sweet Bread

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Hello, dear readers! Today, I’m thrilled to share with you a recipe that’ll fill your home with the cozy aroma of the fall season. We're going to be baking an incredible, moist, and flavorful acorn squash bread. Acorn squash is known for its slightly sweet, nutty flavor and I assure you that it bakes up beautifully into a delicious quick bread that's the perfect complement to a hot cup of tea or coffee. So, let's get our baking pans ready!

Acorn squash bread is a fall favorite, made by baking a sweet and moist quick bread using a puree of roasted acorn squash, applesauce, sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, and warm fall spices. Bake this delightful bread at 350 degrees for 50 minutes to 1 hour until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Enjoy it fresh from the oven or store in an airtight container for later enjoyment.

A piece of bread on a plate, with Acorn squash

Essential Supplies for Baking Acorn Squash Bread

Before we dive into the recipe, let's make sure you have all the necessary supplies on hand. This list doesn’t include the ingredients, those will come later. These are the tools you’ll need to create this masterpiece:

  • A large mixing bowl
  • A separate, smaller mixing bowl
  • A 9x5-inch bread loaf pan
  • Parchment paper or cooking spray
  • A heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • A sharp knife
  • A blender or a bowl of a food processor
  • A half-sheet pan or a baking sheet
  • A spatula
  • Wire rack for cooling

Cook acorn squash, cut in half.
Let's Make Some Acorn Squash Bread!

This acorn squash bread recipe is straightforward and manageable, even if this is your first time baking a quick bread. Now, we're moving onto our key ingredients and the step-by-step procedure. Don't worry, I've got your back!

First, you need to create an acorn squash puree. This might sound complex, but trust me, it's as easy as pie! The puree is made by roasting the squash halves brushed with a little butter and brown sugar. The process caramelizes the edges of the bread and concentrates the squash's flavors, ensuring a rich and flavorful bread.

Ingredients for the Acorn Squash Puree

  • 1 medium acorn squash
  • A small scoop of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar

Preparing the Puree

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut the acorn squash in half and scoop out the seeds.
  3. Place the halves on a baking sheet and add the scoop of butter and brown sugar into each hole.
  4. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the squash is soft.
  5. Scoop the flesh of the squash away from the outer skin and put it into a blender.
  6. Blend until you have a smooth puree.

Now that you have your homemade acorn squash puree, you're ready to move onto the bread itself. This is where the fun really begins!

Acorn, squash bread in a bread pan.

Ingredients for Acorn Squash Bread

  • 2 cups Acorn Squash Puree
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 t. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup flour (you can also substitute whole wheat flour for a healthier option)
  • Fall spices to taste- nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves
  • 1/2 t. baking salt
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. baking powder

Making the Bread

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In your smaller mixing bowl, combine the squash puree, applesauce, sugar, vanilla, and eggs.
  3. In your large bowl, combine your dry ingredients: the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices.
  4. Gradually combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, mixing until completely combined.
  5. Spread the mixture into your prepared loaf pan.
  6. Bake for about 50 minutes to 1 hour.

You'll know your acorn squash bread is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. The top of the bread should also be a lovely golden brown color.

Tips for the Perfect Acorn Squash Bread

Here are some bullet-point tips to ensure your baking endeavor is a success:

  • For the squash puree, select a mature, good-quality acorn squash. The flesh should be firm, and the skin should have a uniform, dark green color.
  • If you're vegan or have egg allergies, you can substitute flax eggs for a vegan acorn squash bread.
  • When combining your wet and dry ingredients, be sure not to overmix. This can lead to a denser, tougher bread.
  • Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Enjoy the bread fresh, or store it in an airtight container or a freezer bag, if you prefer. It's also delicious when reheated slightly.

Why Acorn Squash Bread is the Ultimate Pumpkin Bread Alternative

Pumpkin bread has long held its reign over the fall season, and while it remains a classic, acorn squash bread is a novel and delightful alternative. Like pumpkin bread, acorn squash bread carries the warm spices of fall, but with a slightly nuttier flavor. Trust me, if you’re a fan of pumpkin bread, this new favorite fall treat will go a long way in your recipe collection!

Health Benefits and Nutritional Facts

Acorn squash, like other winter squashes, is packed with vitamins and minerals. When you bake acorn squash bread, not only are you creating a delicious snack or breakfast option, but you're also baking with health benefits in mind. Whether it's made vegan, using egg substitutes, or traditional style, this bread carries all the nutritious benefits of acorn squash.

Experiment with Other Squash Breads

Why stop at acorn squash bread? There's a whole world of flavorful breads to explore. For example, consider making your own butternut squash puree and trying a homemade butternut squash bread recipe. The process is similar to our acorn squash bread, and it provides a fun variation to try out.

Versatile Acorn Squash Bread Additions and Variations

You can jazz up your acorn squash bread recipe with some delightful additions. Roasted pumpkin seeds can add a nice crunch on top, or consider mixing in some chocolate chips for an extra hint of sweetness. Looking for a more savory route? Try adding crumbled Italian sausage to your bread mixture. It could be a great addition to a brunch menu!

Acorn Squash Muffins: A Delightful Twist

If you're in the mood for individual portions or something a bit more portable, this acorn squash bread recipe can be easily transformed into squash muffins. Simply pour the batter into a muffin tin instead of a loaf pan and adjust your oven temperature and baking time accordingly.

Bread Storage and Shelf Life

To maintain the freshness of your bread, cool the bread completely on a wire rack before storing. Wrap the cooled bread in plastic wrap, or store in an airtight container. If you want to save some for later, this bread freezes beautifully. Wrap the entire loaf in heavy-duty foil and place it in the freezer. When you're ready to enjoy, let it thaw in a warm place and reheat to enjoy a fresh loaf anytime.

The Role of Flour in Acorn Squash Bread

The flour in this recipe plays a significant role in the texture of the acorn squash bread. You can experiment with white flour, whole wheat flour, or even a mix. If you’re looking to add a hint of earthiness, try substituting a portion of the purpose flour with whole wheat.

Embrace the Fall with Acorn Squash Bread

There's a reason why breads like these become so popular in the fall season. The warmth, the spices, and the comforting texture of a freshly baked loaf really capture the essence of this time of year. Next time you visit the grocery store, consider picking up an acorn squash. It might just be the key to your new favorite recipe. So embrace the fall with open arms, and a warm slice of acorn squash bread!

Key Takeaways

  • Acorn squash bread is a delicious, sweet quick bread that’s perfect for the fall season.
  • You'll need a few key supplies, such as a large mixing bowl, a baking pan, and a blender or food processor.
  • This recipe requires you to make your own squash puree first, then incorporate it into the bread batter.
  • Once baked, allow your bread to cool before enjoying it with your favorite fall beverage.

Conclusion

Acorn squash bread is truly a treat to savor during the fall season, with its warmth, sweetness, and gentle spices. It's the kind of bread that brings comfort and joy, perfect for sharing with family and friends. Whether you're a seasoned baker or this is your first time trying your hand at baking, this recipe is definitely worth your time.

Remember, baking is all about the joy of creating something delicious with your own hands. So, don't stress if things don't come out perfect the first time. Practice makes perfect, after all. With each loaf you bake, you'll find your own rhythm and perhaps even your own modifications to make this acorn squash bread recipe truly your own. Happy baking!

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Here is our Easy Acorn Squash Sweet Bread Recipe.

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Easy Acorn Squash Sweet Bread

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Author: Melissa Au

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Acorn Squash Puree
  • 1/2 cups applesauce
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 t. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • Fall spices to taste- nutmeg cinnamon and cloves
  • 1/2 t. baking salt
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. baking powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  • In small mixing bowl mix puree, applesauce, sugar, vanilla and eggs.
  • In large mixing bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices.
  • Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients until completely mixed.
  • Spread into bread pan.
  • Bake for 50 min- 1 hour. Makes 2 loaves.
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