butternut squash dessert and weekly sourdough bread

Butternut squash dessert

I found a nice butternut squash the week before. My original aim was to make a hearty soup, but I decided in the last moment to make a dessert with it.

here is the recipe:

  • peel the coating and cut in pieces (mine were around 1-5 cm width and 7 cm length)
  • add 2 cups of sugar, mix
  • add 1.5 tsp salt and 6 cups of water
  • bring to a rolling boil and simmer at medium heat for 40 min
  • add 1.5 tbs lemon juice and boil for another 5 min
  • take the squash bits on an oven pot, add 2 cups of the liquid*, sprinkle with chopped nuts (I have used hazelnut) (optional)
  • bake at 350F pre-heated oven for 20 min**
  • enjoy! (top with a scoop of ice cream if you wish and tell me this was not a good idea πŸ™‚ )

*I have had around 1 liters of the liquid, which is yummy. Drink it as it is, or use less waterΒ 

**You can bake longer to thicken the liquid

Sourdough

My sourdough today was kind of sticky dough and as a result did not keep it shape well. But there was oven spring and it looks great πŸ™‚

welcoming the long weekend

The long weekend started and I am not even excited about that; why?

I blame the absence of bread from my life πŸ™‚ I am mostly kidding, but seriously bread or carbs have huge pacifying effect on me. I have not been eating bread in the last few days and sleeping is more difficult, so is feeling excited. Random or causal association? I do not know.

I have 3 days to myself, to be spent with friends and activities such as going to book stores and buying books, which always excite me. I will be away from the office, too, which is a great plus. Yet, here I am thinking; there must be something different that I can do tonite (I am obviously bored right away) and all I am thinking is eating carbs or desserts (even though I am not a dessert person).

Oh well, I think I will actually do that.

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