My Great Grandma’s recipe…Squash Pie

Family traditions, the things we do to celebrate special occasions and holidays with our family and friends.  It’s that time of year again where Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner and our holiday menus must be planned out.

I started my holidays early this year and had “Friendsgiving” with some friends in New Hampshire.  What is Friendsgiving you ask?  It’s like Thanksgiving Day celebrating with just your friends and no family.  We all pitch in and prepare a dish for the meal.  I volunteered to make Squash Pie.  This is not a savory dish but a very delicious sweet treat.  Pumpkin Pie is something that most Americans know about or will make for the holiday season.  Not my family.  We make this thing called Squash Pie and it’s the dessert I look forward to all year.

Friendsgiving! This is a great way to make sure you can spend time with your friends during the holiday. (Steff will hate me for posting this photo because she is eating a turkey leg...)
Friendsgiving! This is a great way to make sure you can spend time with your friends during the holiday. (Steff will hate me for posting this photo because she is eating a turkey leg…)

So I asked my Aunt PJ the origins of this dessert I have always had at our holiday celebrations.  We are not sure how my Great Grandma got the recipe.  She came over from England at the age of 16 (we think…) and married my Great Grandpa Patch at the age of 18. We think it’s possible she might have gotten the recipe from Alice Patch, Great Grandpa Patch’s mother.  My Nana was born in 1923 and this was something she had always had and made for her family.  My Aunt PJ is now the Squash Pie maker for Christmas.  I can make the pie too which makes me happy to share  this delicious family recipe with my friends.

This is they ingredient in our Squash Pie. Obviously of course it is squash, but this is the right consistency. You can use fresh, but it's just not the same...
This is the main ingredient in our Squash Pie. Obviously it is squash, but this product is the right consistency. You can use fresh, but it’s just not the same.
It's a simple pie to make. It's only 7 ingredients and very little prep time.
It’s a simple pie to make. It’s only 7 ingredients and very little prep time.
Here is my Great Grandma Patch's recipe.
Here is my Great Grandma Patch’s recipe.
Squash Pie 1 can One-Pie Squash or 2 cups strained squash (well strained) 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 ¼ cups milk or 1 12-ounce can of evaporated milk ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon mace or nutmeg ¾ teaspoon cinnamon Mix sugar, salt and spices. Blend well into squash. Beat 2 eggs separately, add milk stir well and then blend into squash mixture. Pour mixture into a 9-inch pie plate lined with crust. Pre-heat oven for 425 degrees and bake for 10 minutes to set pie crust. Then finish baking at 325 degrees for an additional 35 minutes or until knife comes out clean. Serve with fresh whipped cream.
Squash Pie
1 can One-Pie Squash or 2 cups strained squash (well strained)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 ¼ cups milk or 1 12-ounce can of evaporated milk
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon mace or nutmeg
¾ teaspoon cinnamon
Mix sugar, salt and spices. Blend well into squash. Beat 2 eggs separately, add milk stir well and then blend into squash mixture. Pour mixture into a 9-inch pie plate lined with crust. Pre-heat oven for 425 degrees and bake for 10 minutes to set pie crust. Then finish baking at 325 degrees for an additional 35 minutes or until knife comes out clean. Serve with fresh whipped cream.
Here is my Aunt PJ and her Squash Pie she made last Christmas Eve for my family's holiday celebration.
Here is my Aunt PJ and her Squash Pie she made last Christmas Eve for my family’s holiday celebration.

SO here it is, and I urge all of my baking friends to make it.  It’s delicious and a fantastic alternative to Pumpkin Pie.  I am happy to share this recipe with you as this is something that I have enjoyed my whole life….

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Always serve squash pie with fresh whipped cream.

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