Of course you can make a delectable pumpkin pie with fresh pumpkin. Where do you think the canned-pumpkin-puree people got the idea? Let’s show ’em something. Use a ripe “sugar” or “pie” pumpkin to make the fresh puree, not the big, flavorless jack-o’-lantern type. Or visit your farmer’s market and experiment with other varieties of pumpkins or other winter squash that they have to offer.
Yield: One 10-inch deep-dish pie, 8 to 10 servings
Don’t worry about cutting the squash and apples into perfect cubes—just make them uniform in size. Once these babies come together in the end, it will be a tender, buttery, sweet, tart, herby mix—all that nature has to offer.
As butternut squash ripens, the inside turns deep orange and its flavor becomes sweeter and richer. Roasting large chunks, instead of whole halves, gives more tasty caramelized edges from a cranked-up oven.