Honey-roasted kabocha gets an encore presentation in the following recipe. Kabocha is much sweeter than pumpkin, and because the leftovers have already been sweetened and flavored with honey and ginger, this recipe uses less sugar and spice than most pumpkin pie recipes.
I like a thicker crust. I want something sturdy so I can walk out the door in the morning clutching a slice without having to negotiate the use of a plate and fork as I head for the metro. The following recipe makes one 12-inch crust, plus a little extra, which can be frozen for later use. For those who prefer a thinner crust, the following recipe is sufficient for two 12-inch crusts, or one double crust, such as for apple pie. A baker friend supplied the tip to use grated frozen butter for easy mixing. Though of course, for anyone in a hurry, a store-bought crust is an easy substitute.
- Mix flour and salt in a large mixing bowl.
- Grate butter into flour and mix well.
- Add water or milk a little at a time, turning and tossing dough as needed until dough is tacky but not sticky.
- Remove dough to floured surface and roll flat.
- Place in a 9.5-inch pie pan, trim extra, and refrigerate. If desired, freeze trimmed extra crust for future pies.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Remove roast kabocha flesh from rind. Discard rind.
- In a food processor or blender, combine squash, eggs, half and half, and vanilla extract until smooth.
- Add sugar, molasses, and spices, and blend again until smooth.
- Pour mixture into prepared pie crust.
- Optional: For a more polished look, glaze edge of crust with egg wash.
- Place pie in oven. Bake for 10 minutes at 400°F. Then lower temperature to 350°F and bake 50 minutes.
- Remove pie from oven and set aside to cool, at least one hour.
- Slice and serve with whipped cream.
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