- 1 acorn squash
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- dash of salt
- Preheat oven (or large-sized toaster oven) to 400 degrees.
- Cut squash in half from stem to end (use sturdy knife – may need to microwave for 2 minutes to soften squash). Scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff with a spoon and discard. Score inside of each half with a knife several times to make a grid on the inside flesh. Place on a baking dish, cut side up. Add about 1/4 to 1/2 inch of water to the pan so the skin doesn’t burn and squash does not get dried out.
- Put 1/2 Tbsp butter, 1 Tbsp brown sugar, and 1 tsp maple syrup in each half.
- Cook for 1 to 1.25 hours, until squash is very soft and tops are browned (do not undercook). After first 10-15 minutes, use a pastry brush to mix up the glaze inside each half (now melted) and brush glaze up the sides and over top of squash. If desired, repeat this glazing 2 or 3 times throughout cooking.
- Remove from oven and cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Serves 2 to 4 (depending on how much squash you like to eat).
Source: Simply Recipes, http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/classic_baked_acorn_squash/