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Sweet butternut pie with pecan pastry recipe

Sweet butternut pie with pecan pastry recipe

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This autumnal dessert recipe makes the most of the sweet and nutty flavour of butternut squash. Fill pecan pastry with a thick and indulgent filling then top with sweetened whipped cream and a dusting of nutmeg. See method

  • Serves 10
  • 1 hr 45 mins plus chilling
  • 316 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian


  • ½ butternut squash, peeled and diced into 3cm pieces (about 350g)
  • 4 medium eggs, 3 separated
  • 125g light soft brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg, plus extra to serve (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 250ml evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract​
  • 250ml whipping cream, to serve (optional)

For the pastry

  • 200g plain flour
  • 50g pecans, toasted
  • 110g cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 30g icing sugar
  • 1 medium egg
If you don't have any butternut squash, try sweet potato

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    17g 24%
  • Saturates

    8g 38%
  • Sugars

    20g 22%
  • Salt

    0.2g 4%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 35.4g Protein 8.4g Fibre 1.5g


  1. Boil the butternut squash for 15 mins or until tender when pierced with a knife. Drain and set aside to cool. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, make the pastry. Blitz the flour and pecans in a food processor until fine. Add the butter, icing sugar and egg, then pulse until it all comes together in a dough. If needed, add a little water, 1 tbsp at a time. Wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 30 mins.
  3. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Roll out the pastry between 2 sheets of baking paper to the thickness of a £1 coin and use to line a 25cm loose-bottomed fluted tart tin. Trim the edges, prick lightly with a fork, then line with baking paper and fill with baking beans. Blind-bake for 10 mins, then remove the baking beans, brush with egg white and bake for 10 mins more or until golden; set aside. Reduce the oven to gas 3, 170°C, fan 150°C.
  4. Blitz the cooled squash to a purée in a food processor. Add the egg and yolks and blitz again until the mixture is pale and smooth. Add the sugar, spices, evaporated milk and vanilla and blitz again until everything is incorporated.
  5. Pour the filling into the pastry case and bake for 30-40 mins until just set with no wobble. Leave to cool completely in the tin.
  6. Whip the cream (if using) to soft peaks and pile onto the centre of the tart. Top with an extra dusting of nutmeg to serve, if you like.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Freeze uncooked pastry. In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 2 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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