I love changing seasons. As much as I don't want to turn on an oven in the heat of the summer, as soon as the weather starts to turn cool I look forward to baking, stewing, and roasting.
I also relish the opportunity to look at a familiar vegetable in a new way. Like this patty pan squash. I'd cut it up, prepared to sauté it with something-or-other, then took the kids to the dentist. Lucky for us I also brought along a copy of Farmer John's Cookbook, because in that I discovered a new-to-me use for squash that I'd never make in the summer but is perfect for a cool fall evening. This recipe will work with any summer squash, but since my CSA box had this pretty patty pan I've used it.
Sweet Summer Squash Crumble
adapted from Farmer John's Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables by Farmer John Peterson and Angelic Organics
2 cups/8 1/2 oz/250 g all purpose flour (I use unbleached)
1 cup/7 1/2 oz/220 g sugar (you'll need more below)
1/4 teaspoon salt (I used Kosher this time)
8 Tablespoons/4oz/100 g/1 stick butter or buttery spread
2/3 cup/2 oz/60g rolled oats
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces, add it to the bowl, and work it into the flour with your fingers or a pastry blender until it is uniformly crumbly.
Scoop out 1/2 cup of this mixture to add to the filling later.
Add the oats to the large bowl and thoroughly mix. Pat half of the oat-flour mixture in the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Filling3 1/2 cup/14 oz/400 g chopped thin sliced squash
1/2 cup/120 ml lemon juice
1/2 cup/3 3/4 oz/110 g sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, or a couple of passes on the microplane with the whole nutmeg
Meanwhile, combine the squash and lemon juice in a saucepan. Cook, covered, over medium high heat for 8-10 minutes until tender. Add in sugar and spices. At this point, look at the runny mess in the pan and question my abilities. Then dump in the 1/2 cup flour mixture you reserved earlier, cook and stir, and in mere moments--POOF! It's thickened into a PattyPanPie filling consistency. Who knew?!
Pour the filling into the prebaked crust. Top with the other half of the flour-oat mixture. Bake 35-45 minutes or until bubbly.
Serve warm. This is probably awesome with ice cream, but we had none so I wouldn't know. Try it and report back.
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