Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash with Sausage & Boiled Cider

Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash with Sausage & Boiled Cider

You can’t beat the flavor of seasonal fall produce. Delicious Sweet Dumpling Squash baked and stuffed with a sausage and bread stuffing filled with cream and apple cider.

Two Sweet Dumpling squash
Kosher salt
1 ½ teaspoons olive oil, plus more for drizzle
¼   pound bulk sweet or spicy Italian pork or chicken sausage
2 cups cubed bread
½  medium  onion, finely chopped
½  celery stalk, chopped
1 ½  teaspoons finely chopped sage
Freshly ground pepper
1 large egg
¼  cup boiled cider
½ cup cream

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the squash in half, clean out the seeds and strings and lightly salt the inside. Add a ¼ inch of water to a roasting pan and place the squash cut side down. Bake for 30 minutes.

While the squash cooks, heat 1 ½ teaspoons of olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high. Add the sausage and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until browned and cooked through, 7–10 minutes. Add the bread cubes to a large bowl. Scrape the sausage into the bowl with the bread and toss.

Add the onions, celery, sage, and remaining olive oil in same sauté pan; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until onions are golden brown and soft, 10–12 minutes. Scrape into bowl with bread and sausage.
In a bowl, whisk the egg, boiled cider, and cream until smooth and well combined, then pour over bread mixture. Season with salt and pepper. 

After 30 minutes, remove the squash from the oven, turn over, cut side up. Drain out any excess water from the roasting pan. Fill the squash shells with the stuffing. Cover with nonstick foil, nonstick side down. Bake until a paring knife inserted into the center comes out hot, 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake 10 minutes longer. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.

Fig & Almond Coffee Cake

Fig & Almond Coffee Cake

We love getting figgy with this perfect fall coffee cake – fresh Fig and Almond. Perfect with a cup of coffee on a cool morning to get your day going.  

For the figs
1 ½ cups ripe figs
2 tablespoons sugar

For the cake
1 cup all-purpose flour
½  cup sugar
1 ¾ teaspoons baking powder
¼  teaspoon salt
¾  stick unsalted butter, melted
½  cup buttermilk
1 large egg

For crumb topping
¾   stick unsalted butter, melted
¼  cup packed brown sugar
¼  cup granulated sugar
¾  teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½  cup almond slices

To make the figs:
Chop the figs and place in a saucepan with 2 tablespoons sugar and ¼ cup water. Simmer until the figs are completely broken down to a jammy consistency, adding additional tablespoons of water as needed. Keep warm.

Make cake:
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a spring form pan with parchment on the bottom. Generously butter the sides of the pan and the parchment.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together butter, milk, and egg. Then whisk in flour mixture until just combined. Pour batter into springform pan. Dollop figs all over surface, then swirl into batter with spoon.

Make crumb topping:
Whisk together butter, sugars, cinnamon, and salt until smooth. Stir in flour, then combine with your fingertips until they form large clumps. Sprinkle the clumps over top of cake. Sprinkle the almonds over the top.

Place in the  oven and bake the cake until a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean and sides begin to pull away from pan, about 25 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack 15 minutes. Release the side of the spring form pan and remove. Cool completely and then remove from the bottom of the pan and the parchment. Slice and serve.