I love apple and pumpkin pie, traditional holiday desserts, but my favorite is butternut squash and granny smith baked together. This pie combines the soft texture of savory butternut and tart apple with sweet taste of honey and a warm floral note of vanilla bean.
The Vanilla bean is a must, and rather than split and scrape, I split, toss and stir the bean into a pan of simmering squash and apple to let the fragrant vanilla seed specks disperse throughout.
My idea was inspired after Savuer’s Tourte au Potiron French pumpkin pie, a pie consisting of kabocha squash, apple, sugar and vanilla bean, baked in puffed pastry.
A delicious Autumn Affair choice for Thanksgiving dessert that I hope you will give a try. PS - or any other time of year you choose!