5 Ingredient Friday: Baked Acorn Squash

So as you are well aware, I belong to a CSA program. I got a Green Acorn Squash in this week’s CSA Box, so I figured I should do something with it! Now I’ve never had Green Acorn Squash before; I’ve only had Butternut Squash.  So I kept the Acorn Squash so that I could try it out. I wanted a pretty easy recipe to try, so I tried the Baked Acorn Squash recipe from Simply Recipes. I made a few changes to the recipe, so if you want to see the original recipe, click here.


  • 1 Acorn squash
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 4 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Maple Syrup
  • 2 teaspoons Honey
  • dash of salt (freebie)


Preheat oven to 400°F.

Using a strong chef’s knife, cut the acorn squash in half, lengthwise, from stem to end.

Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff in the center of each half.  Score the insides of each half several times with a sharp knife.

Place each half in a baking pan, cut side up. Add about a 1/4 inch of water to the bottom of the baking pan so that the skins don’t burn and the squash doesn’t get dried out.

Coat the inside of each half with one tablespoon of butter. Add a dash of salt if you are using unsalted butter (I still used a dash, even though I used salted butter). Add two tablespoons of brown sugar to the cavity of each half.  Drizzle on a teaspoon of maple syrup to each half. Do the same with the honey.

Bake in the oven for about 1 hour 15 minutes, until the squash is very soft and the tops are browned. Do not undercook. When finished, remove from oven and let cool a little before serving.

Spoon any buttery sugar sauce that has not already been absorbed by the squash over the exposed areas. Serve!


I love brown sugar, maple syrup, and butter, so I did enjoy this dish. I thought the honey gave it a nice flavor. I wish everything got a bit more syrupy, but it’s not a big deal that it didn’t. I think the next time I may try a little bit of cinnamon in there as well. I think that would definitely boost the flavor a bit!  It was a good recipe, but I can’t see myself running out to buy an Acorn Squash anytime soon. Especially since I’d only be making it for myself; Mr. Curly Fry turned his nose up at it. 😉

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  1. This looks like a recipe I might attempt this weekend…

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