Butternut Squash Loaf
Makes 6 to 8 servings
  • 1 peeled butternut squash (453 grams)
  • ⅔ cup (149 grams) plus 1 tablespoon (14 grams) extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons (63 grams) honey, divided
  • 2 teaspoons (6 grams) kosher salt, plus more for seasoning squash
  • 5 large eggs (250 grams), room temperature
  • 2¼ cups (225 grams) cake flour
  • 1 cup (100 grams) plus 2 tablespoons (12.5 grams) freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • ¼ cup (38 grams) cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon (2 grams) finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2½ teaspoons (5 grams) ground black pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons (7.5 grams) baking powder
  • ½ cup (120 grams) whole milk
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Spray a 9x5-inch loaf pan with baking spray with flour, and line with parchment paper.
  2. Using a heavy-duty chef’s knife, slice squash in half lengthwise. Place squash cut side up on a rimmed baking sheet.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon (14 grams) oil and 1 tablespoon (21 grams) honey. Drizzle over squash. (Make sure the oil and honey are fully mixed before drizzling over the squash. The honey can bubble up and slightly burn while roasting.) Season with salt.
  4. Roast until soft and tops and edges are slightly charred, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F (180°C).
  5. Slice each squash in half lengthwise. Place one squash piece in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, and mash with a fork to break it up into pieces. Add eggs, remaining ⅔ cup (149 grams) oil, and remaining 2 tablespoons (42 grams) honey; beat at medium speed until combined, 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, 1 cup (100 grams) cheese, cornmeal, chopped rosemary, pepper, baking powder, and remaining 2 teaspoons (6 grams) salt. Gradually add flour mixture to squash mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined after each addition.
  7. Lay 1 squash piece in bottom of prepared pan. Pour batter over top. Nestle remaining 2 squash pieces side by side in top of batter (just enough so it peeks through). Dust with remaining 2 tablespoons (12.5 grams) cheese, and top with rosemary sprigs.
  8. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 10 minutes, covering with foil halfway through baking to prevent excess browning, if necessary. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack.
Recipe by Bake from Scratch at https://www.bakefromscratch.com/butternut-squash-pound-cake-with-black-pepper-and-parmesan/