Sunday, 2 January 2011

Uchiki Kuri Squash and Broccoli pie

Although the pumpkins have disappeared from the supermarket shelves, you will still find plenty of winter squashes.
In my first year of growing vegetables, I had sowed some Uchiki Kuri squash seeds. Uchicki Kuri is also known as Red Squash and Japanese Red Onion squash. It is a Japanese cultivar and its name translates as 'Bashful chestnut'. Well only one plant survived and from that one plant I was rewarded with one teardrop shaped squash. Yes, I was disappointed in the quantity, but not at all disappointed in the flavour. It was perhaps the most gorgeous squash I had ever tasted. It was sweet and nutty reminisce of chestnuts and unlike some squashes and pumpkins, it was smooth in texture.

So you can imagine my excitement when I saw it mingling amongst other varieties of winter squashes. Also unlike other squashes and pumpkins that tend to be a bit on the dry side. The flesh of the Uchiki Kuri is rather moist. So like a child looking into a treasure trove of toys, or an adult wanting the black or purple one in a sweetie packet, I grabbed for this sunset orange one and created this vegetable pie.
Uchiki Kuri Squash and Broccoli pie
Serves 6
For the pastry
150g butter
250g plain flour
Cold water
For the filling
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
200g-250g squash or pumpkin, chopped into cubes
1 small potato, chopped into cubes
100g – 150g broccoli, cut into small florets
1 carrot, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
*Optional 80g cheddar cheese, grated
Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4.
For the pastry
Chop the butter. Sift the flour into a large bowl and add the chopped butter. Using your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until it is fine and crumbly. Add enough cold water to combine and make a firm dough and smooth.
Divide the dough in half, roll out one portion and line a deep 8 inch fluted flan tin. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Cover the remaining dough in clingfilm and refrigerate.
Cut a sheet of greaseproof paper to cover the pastry-lined tin. Spread a layer of ceramic or dried beans over the paper. Bake for 10 minutes, then take out of the oven removing the lined paper with the ceramic beans. Return to the oven and cook for another 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Allow to cool.
For the filling
Heat the oil in a frying pan, Add the onion and cook until soft. Add the potatoes, squash and cook for about 5 minutes, then add in the carrots and broccoli and cook for a until all the vegetables are tender. (Don't worry if the squash start to break). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside to cool down.
Roll out the remaining pastry out to 9 inch diameter circle. Then you can either use a cookie cutter and cut out required number of shapes to top your pie OR For lattice effect: Cut into strips and lay half of them on a sheet of baking paper, leaving a ½ inch gap between each strip. Interweave the remaining strips to form a lattice pattern.
When the vegetable mixture is cool, stir in the cheese if using* and then spoon it evenly into the pastry case, pressing down gently if necessary. Now using the baking paper to lift, invert the pastry lattice over the vegetables, trim the excess.
Gently press the pastry into the rim of the pastry tin. Brush with a little olive oil.
Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until golden. Enjoy hot or cold.


  1. Your pie looks great but I was more interested in the squash))))So I looked through my seed catalogues and found Red Kuri which I think might be the same squash. Now don't be too discouraged you only got one squash as the average is only two to three from one plant. Anyway, thanks for the heads up on the quality, texture and flavor of this one.

  2. please please please do a guest post for my on my blog!

  3. I'm never sure what you mean by pumpkins and winter squash in England... for me pumpkins are the big orange (and other colours too!) ones, and squash are much smaller (around the size of an apple) and yellow. Like a round zucchini.

    Anyway, I'd eat anything you served up, what a fabulous fabulous cook you are.

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  5. Can't wait to try some of your receipes out this looks yummy it will have to be an ordinary old squash though :)

  6. Beautiful ingredients and lovely pie top!

  7. I love squashes but I don't think I've had this kind yet. I'll look out for them now!

    Happy new year :)

  8. yum yum!delicious and healthy pie

  9. Beautiful! I love the decorated pie crust :)

  10. A veggie pie, that's a first for me. Looks so simple to make! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Thank you for your wonderful comments on my blog, and a happy new year to you too! Your pie looks incredible - needless to say, your pastry is fantastic. I aspire to be so creative. I like the simplicity of this pie filling - we're still getting squashes in the organic box and are still working out what to do with them all. And broccoli is one of my favorite green veggies. Bookmarking this one for sure!

  12. Ive never heard of that squash before. The pie looks delicious, I love anything with broccoli in it :)
    Oh and I love your new header!
    Happy new year.


  13. That looks so tempting, especially with the little pumpkins on top.

  14. This looks so good and I have a bunch of squash I got on sale after Thanksgiving. Of course, I'll have to add a meat to it but I think I know just the thing.

  15. Love how U decorated the top of pie, great idea....never heard of this squash...

  16. Thank you so much Gardeningbren.
    I had so much fun making it :)
    Ah okay, I won't be too discouraged, but it would have been nice with two squashes rather than one :(

    Oh Polly - How can I say no :)
    Just sent you an email.

    Hi Ali.
    See my link below for pumpkins
    and then winter squash.
    I think we are on the same wavelength.

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment, made me smile 'big teeth' this time :D

    Oh Marimi aka garlutti.
    What a beautiful and adazzling comment.
    Happy New Year 2011 to you too.

  17. Thanks Cate aka vintage mum.
    Ordinary squash will be just fine too :)

    Thank you Emma.

    Thanks Rachel Cotterill.
    So lovely to hear from you!
    Happy new year to you too :)

    Thank you Soumya.

    Thank you Kate.
    I really had fun decorating the pie :)

    Thanks Victor.
    I totally recommend it!

    Thanks Monica.
    Well after you coming by, I had to repay the compliment too. So pleased to read you like the
    pie. I like having fun in the kitchen now and again, it shouldn't feel like a chore.

  18. MMMH! Questa torta sembra squisita e poi la decorazione mi piace ancora di più. Deve essere gustosa!
    Auguri e buon anno nuovo!

  19. Hi there Rose.
    The recipe can be vegan providing you use a different pastry recipe.
    Thank you, I too am liking the header. Compliments the colours on my blog.
    Happy new year to you too.

    Thank you Kath.
    I did not get roudn to using my Autmnal cookie cutter for Halloween, so thought this was the next best thing.

    Thank you becky3086.
    Please adapt the recipe however you wish, make it your own. Enjoy.

    Thank you so much Spice.
    It is quite a sweet squash.

  20. Thank you so much Kitty.
    I am so pleased to read that you like this pie and the decorating.
    Happy new year to you too!

  21. Beautiful pie - love the decoration! Never heard of that squash before - looking it up now...

  22. that is a very beautiful pie. i bet it's delicious too. hehe, i love the name "bashful chestnut."

  23. Thank you Sour Cherry.
    I don't often see it in the supermarkets, so when I did - I grabbed it.
    Happy New Year to you.

  24. Thank you so much Emily.
    Yes, it made me smile when I read 'bashful chestnut'.
    Happy New Year to you.

  25. Hi there, me again! Saw your question about the Whirley Pop. You are right - it is a popcorn maker, though I haven't used it for that purpose. I just wrote a post explaining what it's all about: Home Roasting Coffee In The Whirley Pop. Not sure about adding flavourings, but I'm sure you can - I wonder if that would work for coffee, too. =)

  26. Thanks Monica.
    I thought so. I picked up the popcorn book a long long time ago, thats why I kinda thought so. Can't seem to locate that book now though

    PS Re adding flavouring to coffee - You can only try.

  27. I love to mix green and orange vegetables. It always tastes perfect. And your decoration is so cute! Everything is perfect!

  28. Thank you sp much Spécialiste de l'éphémère.

  29. I like how you used cut-out shapes of squash to top this delectable pie, Mango. I think I could eat winter squash just about every day, and broccoli, too.
    I also like your new photo header!




  31. Thank you so so much Susanna.
    Un Bon any nou 2011 to you too.

  32. Sei bravissima, fantastica torta te la copiero'

  33. Thank you so so much Rosetta.

  34. I love looking at your blog for inspiration - totally making this!


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