What better accompaniment is there to a grey and drizzly autumn weekend than a sweet and spicy warming squash pie? This is also a great way to use up some of those slightly bruised or cracked squashes which you know won't store for long.

Sweet Squash Pie

Ingredients

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Ingredients

- 2 small butternut squash

- 1 tsp ground nutmeg

- 1 tsp ground cinnamon

- 1/2 tsp baking powder

- 1 egg

- Sugar

- 300g flour

- 120g salted butter

- 80ml water

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Method

FILLING:

- Cut the butternut squash in half, and scoop out the seeds with a tablespoon.

- Roast for one hour at 180C.

- Leave to cool, then cut away the skins of the squash from the flesh.

- In a mixing bowl, whizz together the squash, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking powde, egg and sugar (taste to check if it's sweet enough for your liking)

PASTRY:

- Mix together the flour, butter and water into a dough ball.

- Taking your pastry dish, press the dough down roughly into a circle, then push it around evenly until it fills the base and sides of the dish.

- Using a fork, pierce some holes in the base of the pastry to stop is rising.

BAKE:

Pre-cook the pastry case for 20 mins at 180C, then fill with filling and bake for a further 30 mins/until golden brown on top.

Other ideas...

Feel free to sub in your favourite spices (ginger, cardamom, allspice) and other seasonal fruit (apples, pears) depending on what's available.

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