Maple Syrup Baked Acorn Squash


2 large acorn squash

4 T. good-quality all-natural Maple Syrup (do not use artificial syrup!)

4 T. unsalted butter, melted

1 t. Kosher salt


Today’s Kitchen Tool: A 7×11 Pyrex baking dish (buy it here at my Amazon store!) that I use for just about everything. Easy to clean, easy to use and very inexpensive.

1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.

2. Melt the butter in the microwave and allow it to cool slightly. Add the maple syrup to the butter mixture and stir it together well. Set aside.

3. Cut both squash in half and remove the seeds and stringy inside in the center of the squash. Evenly divide the butter mixture amongst each squash half and rub the inside of the squash cavity and the entire cut side. Sprinkle a pinch of the salt over each cut side of the squash and in the cavity.

4. Roast in a baking dish for 1 hour, or until squash is easily pierced with a fork. Cool and serve. This can easily be stored in the fridge, wrapped tightly, and reheated later.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

To make this fancier place a few sprigs of thyme in the cavity of each squash or a fresh herb flavor. For a dinner party you can scoop out the roasted squash and puree it with added salt and flavorings, then serve it as a side dish.

Naptime Stopwatch

Preparing the squash takes 8 minutes, plus roasting time.

Naptime Reviews

My daughter was skeptical as squash in this form since she is more accustomed to the pureed version, but she gamely took a few bites.

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