Butternut Squash Pie - No Crust Needed

Butternut Squash Pie
Butternut Squash Pie

When my son was six years old, he would frequently ask, "Will you be passing out dessert tonight, Mommy?" My answer would always be the same, "Only if you eat all your vegetables." He loved this nutritious pie and eagerly asked for seconds.

Great with a spoonful of whipped cream, too.
Great with a spoonful of whipped cream, too.

Easy for the Beginning Baker

Even if you never baked a pie in your life, this recipe is a great place to start. Within a few minutes, you can put this recipe together and have it baking in the oven. The best part is that there's no crust to make.

You'll need a nine (9) inch pie dish and a few basic ingredients from the pantry to get started. The five main ingredients include:

  • canned or frozen baked butternut squash
  • evaporated milk,
  • fresh eggs,
  • granulated sugar and
  • a spoonful of margarine or butter. Add a spoonful of flour and a dash of cinnamon for flavor and you're almost there.

If you have an electric mixer it saves some effort but the pie will come out just fine if you use a whisk or a hand beater to mix the ingredients together.

Once you've made this easy pie you will want to make it again and again. That spicy aroma of the pie baking in your oven will bring curious family members into the kitchen to see what's cooking. Come try this nutritious dessert that even your kids will love. A bit like spicy custard, they won't even know it is a vegetable unless you tell them.

Sniffing Out the Best Vegetables

The key to a good pie is picking out the best squash. Tony likes this one.
The key to a good pie is picking out the best squash. Tony likes this one. | Source

Ingredients

1 can of Butternut Squash 15 oz.

1 can of evaporated milk 13 oz.

4 eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

1 stick of butter or margarine

1 Tablespoon flour

1 tsp vanilla

Dash of salt, cinnamon and nutmeg

1 Tablespoon Crisco shortening to grease the pie dish


To use fresh baked squash, substitute two (2) cups for the canned or frozen squash.

I've been making this pie since the seventies using canned squash. Recently I tried using fresh baked and even frozen squash. The surprise is that it comes out great whether using canned, fresh or frozen squash.

Canned Squash

Canned butternut squash works in this recipe
Canned butternut squash works in this recipe | Source

Equipment Needed

1 9 inch pie dish (glass or metal)

Mixing bowl (medium)

Measuring spoons

Spatula

Electric or hand mixer

Standard oven set at 350 degrees f.

The pie gets puffy as it bakes, like a pumpkin pie.
The pie gets puffy as it bakes, like a pumpkin pie.

Instructions for the Pie

Preheat the oven to three hundred-fifty (350) degrees Fahrenheit. The oven at my house bakes a little on the hot side. I use an oven thermometer to make sure the temperature is correct.

Lightly grease the glass pie dish with about a tablespoon of Crisco shortening using a paper towel to spread on a thin coating, wiping off the excess.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix the sugar and softened butter together until it's creamy.

Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg is added

Mix a tablespoon of flour with the remaining dry spices: cinnamon, nutmeg and salt blending these together with the egg mixture.

Add the squash and the vanilla extract to the mixture

Slowly stir in the evaporated milk. The mixture will be watery with loose floating bits of butter after it is poured into the baking dish. This is what forms a light buttery crust on top of the custard filling.

Be sure the oven is fully up to temperature before putting the pie in to bake.

Frozen Butternut or Winter Squash

To safely defrost frozen squash, leave the package in the refrigerator in a baggie for twenty-four hours before using.
To safely defrost frozen squash, leave the package in the refrigerator in a baggie for twenty-four hours before using. | Source

The pie can be made with fresh baked butternut squash, canned or frozen (thawed) squash.

Add the evaporated milk
Add the evaporated milk | Source

Before Baking

Ready to go into the oven. The mixture will be lumpy and thin. Don't worry.
Ready to go into the oven. The mixture will be lumpy and thin. Don't worry. | Source

Pour the mixture into a greased nine (9) inch glass or metal pie dish and bake at three hundred fifty degrees Fahrenheit (350 degrees) for one hour.

During Baking

During the baking process the pie puffs up and begins to brown during the last few minutes.
During the baking process the pie puffs up and begins to brown during the last few minutes. | Source

After Baking

This is how the pie looks after it cools for a few minutes once it's baked.
This is how the pie looks after it cools for a few minutes once it's baked. | Source

Tip: Don't Open the Door

Don't be tempted to open the oven door during the first hour of baking time. This drops the temperature in the oven and may cause your baked goods to fall with the change of temperature.

Carefully remove pie from the oven and cool on a wire rack before serving. The pie starts out looking rather puffy, but as it cools, it settles down to look more like pumpkin pie.

Cut the cooled pie into eight (8) slices and add a dash of whipped cream or Cool Whip topping before serving.

The pie may be served either warm or cold.

Store any leftover pie in the refrigerator and use it within seven days.

I hope you'll give this recipe a try. You may be surprised at the creamy texture and subtle difference between this and standard holiday pies.

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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Wow! This looks absolutely delicious. I haven't heard of this recipe before but I can't wait to try it. I'm not overly confident with pie etc. But your hub has explained everything so well that I actually do feel I could have a go. Many thanks for sharing.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Seeker7 - I really hope you'll give this a try. It is so easy you will not believe it. And you will be the star of your dinner table! Thanks for checking out this recipe.

Peg


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jperry106 5 years ago from Castle Hayne NC

Love squash in breads and cakes. Never had them in a pie before; but will try it this way. Love to get in the kitchen to bake and cook. Will try this when I get a chance to bake in a couple of days.


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Gloshei 5 years ago from France

Will definitely have to try this one Peg, I just hope I can get the canned butternut squash here in France.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow.... I love pie and your pie is so delicious. I am glad to share this with my mom. I hope she want to make it one for me. Yummy..... thanks for share with us. Vote up!

Prasetio


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

I never knew that one could purchase butternut squash in a can. Always use it fresh. Will be on the lookout for it. This must taste a bit like pumpkin pie with the spices used. Correct?


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello jperry106,

Thanks for the nice comment and I do hope you'll let me know how it comes out and if your kids like this pie.

Gloshei Hello!

The squash also comes frozen and you let it thaw in the fridge overnight or you can buy it fresh and bake it. Thanks to your comment I added a link to a hub that explains how to bake squash. I wish I could send you some to try this recipe!

Hello Pras,

You will not believe it, but the first time I tasted this pie it was baked for me by a man. He was courting me and trying to impress me. He did. Believe me, if he could bake this pie, you can too.

Peggy W,

I only recently found canned squash at the new Target in Murphy. For years I'd been looking for the frozen kind which I originally used for this pie in the late 70s. To some it might taste like pumpkin, but to me it's more of a soufle-custard like flan. I guess it depends on how much spice is used.

So nice of you to drop by and take time to leave a comment. Thank you so much.

Peg


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b. Malin 5 years ago

I'll bet it's Delicious and I would try it...not sure about Lover Man...Man are so funny when it comes to certain names. Anyway thanks for what sounds like a Wonderful Recipe. Maybe I'll sneak it in...he'll taste it and Love it! Good one Peg!


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Gloshei 5 years ago from France

Hi Peg,

Better still come over to France for a break! it will be fun Hubby won't know what hit him TWO females in the kitchen.


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Gloshei 5 years ago from France

Go on b.Malin don't tell him what it is, men can be sneaky as well! so it takes two.

Good luck.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello b. Malin,

Have to admit it that my man won't eat things if he knows what's actually in them. Maybe Lover Man will think it is buttermilk pie. Nice to see you again :-)

Hi Gloshei,

Wow. Don't tempt me. I have always wanted to visit France. Even took a couple of years of Audio-Lingual French in HS. No help there. Haha. I was Marguerite. Bonjour. Au Revoir. That's it for me.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

I definately be trying it. It looks and sounds delicious.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thank you KoffeeKlatch. You bring the coffee, I'll bring the pie.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

I must try this one out and I'll let you know how i got on.

Thank you so much for sharing and I bookmark this one into my favourite recipes slot.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Sally's Trove 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

I have never baked a pie without a crust, and this looks fablous...wonderful, wonderful pictures of the set up and the beautiful finished pie. I love butternut squash, so this is definitely on my list as soon as the weather cools down. Voted up and useful!


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jean2011 5 years ago from Canada

PegCole17 I have to try this one! I have voted your hub interesting.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Eiddwen - Thanks for stopping in for this recipe. Wish we could share a piece of pie in the kitchen with some coffee. cheers!

Hi Sally - Neither had I before this recipe. It works best to use a pie server to slide under the slices for serving. And the Cool Whip makes it a dream.

Hello Jean2011 - Thanks for the vote of interesting. Maybe they should add a category for tasty! lol


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I love crustless pies and will certainly be trying this one. We don't have Butternut Squash in cans over here so I was really pleased you put the link to the other hub.

Thank you


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Rosemay, From what I hear, you're quite the baker. I'm happy you liked the recipe. I recently found the frozen kind of butternut squash in the WalMart near us. That was what I used before I found squash in the can. I'll add a pic of the package soon. Thanks so much for dropping by.


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

Oh definitely one for my recipe book. Butternut squash, one of my family favourites, I usually roast it along with other veggies like sweet potatoes, peppers and parsnips. I am not sure about the evaporated milk thou as I think it may be high in sugar, so could I substitute any other milk?


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Blue,

This would be truly even better with fresh cooked squash. I do hope you try it sometime. Looking at the can of evaporated milk (not sweetened condensed) it doesn't show any added sugar in the ingredients. Per can it has about 36g of sugar on the nutrition facts listed. Have never tried it with fresh milk or any other.

Good to see you. How have you been?

Peg


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molometer 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire, England

Hey what a great recipe/hub, very informative and interesting. We were going to make a pie the other day. I am inspired to give it a go. It does look good. I will be reading more of your writing. Thanks. Voted up UI


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Molometer

Thanks so much for the nice comment. I hope your pie turns out great and that you enjoy the recipe. Cheers and happy baking.


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AlmostLola 4 years ago

I love butternut squash. Can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing!


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi AlmostLola - Thanks. Me too. Hope you do make this recipe. It's easy and good at the holidays too.


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Gloshei 4 years ago from France

Hi Peg,Looked everywhere in our area of France but cannot find tinned butternut squash. It's difficult getting a fresh one too.

Will keep looking though.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

My darling Gloshei - What are they thinking in France? Not to tin butternut squash is a lost opportunity. Perhaps you could start a new industry or ask your grocer if he can stock it. In the meantime I'll send you a slice of pie in the mail. Not really, too messy. It is so odd that you can't find it "tinned". I love your delightful accent and way of expressing things.


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Gloshei 4 years ago from France

Glad to hear it, I promise to get more professional! one day.

God bless.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Gloshei, Well I've found a nice butternut squash fresh in the produce department. After I finish taking pics of it I'm off to try out a recipe for cooking it. Then I'll turn it into pie and see how it does. Will let you know. See you at the table.


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Gloshei 4 years ago from France

That sounds great Peg I can't wait, still looking for it I will have to ask some friends to bring some over from UK otherwise.

Bon Apetite!!


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 4 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee

Peg, thanks for sharing this delicious-sounding recipe. I had no idea you could get butternut squash in a can or that it could be made into a pie. Well done on the pictures. I may have to try this sometime. Thanks!


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Gloshei,

First my apologies for missing your nice comment. Hope you have found some of this vegetable by now. Maybe I can send you some seeds and you can grow it and start your own market for this item. !!

Cheers, my friend.

Peg


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Ask_DJ_Lyons, Hello. So sorry about missing your nice comment. I had no idea until last year that it came in a can. Finally found it at Target. The frozen kind is usually only available in winter. Thanks so much for dropping in and taking time to write a comment.

Peg


Mr. Wok 4 years ago

Wow!! Peggy, your pie looks so delicious!!


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Jack

Thanks so much for lunch yesterday and for looking at this recipe. Let me know if you want to give it a try and I'll bake you one. I hope you will like the new article I plan on releasing tomorrow. It's a review of your restaurant!

Peg


Barbarainnc 4 years ago

Make sure you use a deep dish glass dish. I only had a regular 9 inch pie pan and put the extra filling in glass custard dishes. It is in the oven now!!! :) :) Thanks for posting your recipe!!! :) :)


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Barbarainnc. That is a good suggestion, to put any extra filling in glass custard dishes! Thank you for taking time to share that info. The shallow pie dish will not hold all the ingredients. It comes out best if using a deep dish pie pan. Smiles! Peg


lizz 3 years ago

thanks!


sweetTooth 3 years ago

I have this in the cooling as we speak. I had some left over Butternut squash and decided to give this a try. i had to do a few things differently, though. for one, i had an actual butternut squash, so boiled it then peeled skin away and mashed up it up until smooth. i didn't measure this, I get so lazy when it coms to measuring so i think i added to much.

anyway, i left didn't use a quarter of the evaporated milk, because it seemed to watery. I also added 4T of flour instead of the one because i felt i needed it to be thickened as well as a bit of baking powder.

i put it in two different baking dishes because i didn't have one big enough to fit all of it.in a tiny bowl, i took some butter and some cake batter and mushed it up in my hands and sprinkled on top of the smaller baking dish. i did this with some pumpkin dessert i made and it came out great s i decided to try it again with one of pies. hope it comes out great. I'll write again if it does. if it doesn't well . . .

hahahha


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Lizz, You're welcome!


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello SweetTooth,

This recipe can also be made with fresh butternut squash by substituting 2 cups of baked squash for the canned or frozen. There is a link above to a hub I wrote on how to prepare freshly baked squash too.

I've used this recipe successfully for nearly 30 years and have never used extra flour since the one tablespoon is just enough to form a pretend crunch on the top. The interior starts off very liquid like but during the baking process it turns into a creamy custard texture. I'm sure your adaptation will be delicious too. Hope you'll let me know if you liked your version of the pie.

Thanks so much for sharing your experience with this recipe and hope you enjoy!


Sweettooth 3 years ago

Heyy!!

It came out amazing!! especially with the cake powder/butter mixture on top! i used lemon flavored cake mix. sooo yummy. added a nice lil crunchy texture on top.

I have to get some ice cream!! thanks again!

i will be using this again very soon!


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Gloshei 3 years ago from France

Guess what Peg 12 months down the line and I have finally got some!!

now I can at least try your recipe, will let you know.

Not been around much, so I have a lot to catch up with. Guess I missed you all.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Missed you too Gloshei. So much to catch up on. Hope you are doing well. Let me know how you like it, would you?


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

This looks so yummy! I didn't know you could buy butternut squash in a can. I know it's good for you and I must say this recipe really intrigues me. Now I'm going to have to hunt down a can of butternut squash. I guess frozen would work just as well? I've seen frozen butternut squash.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Au fait. Yes, it works just as well with frozen. In fact, that is the only way I found it at first. Only recently have I been able to locate the canned squash which I found at Target. For the frozen, I just let the package thaw ovenight in the refrigerator and blend it in the usual way. Thanks so much for the visit and the nice comments.


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Margie Lynn 4 months ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

I have never had the pleasure to try butternut squash, I have made a squash pie with yellow squash and it is delish!


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PegCole17 4 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Margie, The flavor of the butternut squash is much like pumpkin. I've never tried a pie with yellow squash. Sounds interesting.

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