Monday, September 23, 2013


Wendell and Eula Mae Moore brought their produce to the Farmer's Market in Hayesville, NC last Saturday.  They loaded their pickup with a fall harvest.  The old-fashioned butternut squash grabbed my attention.

Wendell said they had never raised butternut squash until their son, Phillip, suggested they plant it.  The crop thrieved on their farm in Tusquittee.  They made a wise decision.  Wendell said they sold 50 butternut squash on th townsquare.  I bought some before they sold out.

I recall when I was a child, my mama made butternut squash pies from scratch.  Back then she baked on a woodstove in a hot kitchen.  I can still taste that delicious dessert.  Here's Mama's favorite squash pie recipe:


1 cup squash, cooked and mashed
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
3 T. self-rising flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 9-inch unbaked pie shell

Mix squash, nutmeg, cinnamon, flour and sugar.  Add eggs and milk; mix thoroughly.
Pour into pie shell.

Bake at 350 degrees 40-50 minutes or until done. 
Yield:  6 servings

I didn't realize how much time it would take to make a squash pie from scratch.  Fortunately, Mama supervised each step of the baking.  Now I know how hard the old-time mountain women worked to prepare food for their families.

If you should decide to use this recipe, you might need to bake the pie longer than the time indicated in the recipe.  I had a hard time getting the pie done.  Sometimes I think maybe it's the weather that makes the difference or the temp. of your oven.  You will need to judge for yourself when the pie looks firm and done.

The pie tasted good with vanilla ice cream.  You could also put Cool Whip on each slice of pie.  Some folks just like the pie plain.  Anyway you like to serve it, I sure hope you will enjoy this fall recipe. 


Daisy said...

Oh I bet that was delicious. It does take a lot of work to make a pie.

Paula Fraker said...

Mmmm~ that pie looks (and sounds!) delicious, Brenda!!!

Muddling Through said...

I have never tasted butternut squash, but you've surely given me the desire to try it! Thanks for sharing the recipe, too

Muddling Through said...

I have never tasted butternut squash, but you've surely given me the desire to try it! Thanks for sharing the recipe, too

Janet, said...

That sounds like a good recipe to try. Can you use other types of squash in the recipe? We've been making apple pies and putting them in the freezer.

Susie Swanson said...

Oh that looks so delicious. My mother used to make this and I've never tried making one but I want to now after looking at your delicious pie. Mama always said that it has a lot to do with the humidity when baking. I didn't pay much attention to that until you just mentioned it. Thanks for sharing this. Hope you and your mother are enjoying the nice fall weather.

lil red hen said...

How very interesting! I had no idea one could use squash in a pie! I'm wondering, as Janet asked, can other types of squash be used? I've never grown butternut squash.

Thanks, always, for the sweet comments you leave for me.

Magnolia Tea said...

Hi there! The squash pie looks delicious. I bet it tastes a lot like pumpkin pie.

My husband still remembers his mama cooking on a wood stove in their home in the mountains of Virginia.

Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

This sounds delicious and is "new" to me. I'm sure we would love it. Have a nice rest of the week.

Eggs In My Pocket said...

This looks and sounds wonderful! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I have grown butternut squash before, it is a hardy plant that produces well! Have a wonderful weekend coming up!

Lise said...

This sounds fantastic, thank you for sharing. Thanks for visiting my blog, it's nice to have new readers. You have several blogs that I enjoyed looking at...this and Historical Hayesville are particularly interesting:)

NCmountainwoman said...

We love baked or stuffed butternut squash and now I'm going to try a pie. Yum!

Glenda Beall said...

Brenda, that looks like a lot of work, but it surely looks like good eating!
Love your photos.

Lise said...

This sounds fantastic, I'm going to try it! Someone just gave us a sweet potato squash, I think it would be perfect for this! Thanks

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