Saturday, September 24, 2011

Baked Compote

Baked Compote
From: gardentraveler

Improvised this and it turned out yummy.

1 small winter squash, halved, with seeds scooped out
1 small sweet potato, peeled, halved, and sliced thinly
1 large firm apple, cut into eighths and then in 1/2 crosswise to make large chunks (I suppose you could peel the apple, but I'm lazy, so I didn't).

Bake the squash at 350 degrees F for about an hour, until tender. Put a little butter in each cavity and put maybe 1/4 inch of water in the baking pan. Let cool. (I did this the day before I baked the apples and sweet potato; you could bake it at the same time as the other ingredients, though. You probably want to give the squash a little bit of a head start, or peel it and cut it into smallish cubes (larger than the sweet potato but smaller than the apples) and mix with other ingredients.

In a microwavable baking dish (I have a 2-quart Corning-ware baking dish with a lid), melt 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons brown sugar or white sugar and a few drops of molasses and mix well. Add 1/4 teaspoon or so cinnamon or Penzey's Baking Spice (or some similar spice - 5-spice powder or a mild curry powder would probably be good too) and mix well. Add apple and sweet potato slices and mix well to coat with butter mixture.

Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.

I scooped out cooked squash, cut into fairly large pieces and mixed it in about 30 minutes into the baking period. Serve with a bit more brown sugar and spices on top.

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