Monday, February 26, 2007

Amaretti and butternut squash pudding cake

I can't cook if my work table isn't entirely empty, only allow the required utensils and ingredients. But when I work by my computer, I love my desk messy! So here's my problem... I don't know why yesterday I started cleaning up my desk, this morning many things have been missing, including my hand-written recipe of this cake! But I know, when my desk gets messy again (for sure), the recipe will appear :D

(update) Recipe:

Yield 6 muffin-size pudding cakes

  • 1 small butternut squash (mine was 2 lb size, this yielding only used up half of it after roasted, I still roasted the whole squash, and saved the left-over for other dishes)
  • some milk
  • 1/2 cup grate apple, e.g. Fuji, Golden Delicious
  • 2/3 cup (plus more for topping) grate amaretti (avoid the ones made by apricot seed).
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbp cocoa powder
  • some butter, cut into small cubes
  • almond flakes


  • First to roast butternut squash: Pre-heat the oven to 400F. Peel and seed the squash, thinly slice. Spread them in a baking tray, add some milk almost cover the squash, roast in oven, from time to time use a wooden spoon to break the slices. It takes about an hour to get the squash soften. Take them out from oven, let it cool and absorb the milk.
  • Drain out the excess milk, puree the squash. For this yielding I require 1 cup of squash puree.
  • Lower the oven temperature to 350F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the squash puree, grate apple, 2/3 cup grate ameratti (adjustable according to how moist/dry of your mixture), egg yolk and cocoa powder.
  • Line the muffin tray with paper cup, spoon the mixture in, sprinkle more grate ameratti and almond flakes on top, dotted with tiny butter. Bake for 1/2 hour.



Freya said...

This looks so dreamy! I love it!

Brilynn said...

It looks wonderful! Off you go, find us the recipe!

Mishmash ! said...

Gattina, I saw ur post on Calzones y'day and couldnt comment on it and today when i came to submit my comments u re here with another new post !!! Now I'm hooked onto that picture :) go find the recipe fast , we re all waiting for u ;)


Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Amaretti and butternut squash sounds intriguing -- please find the recipe...

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Woo, those are beauties!!
I think you best fork over the recipe along with those spoons soon or you'll have a riot on your hands.

FH said...

I already can imagine the recipe from your discription!!That was great mixing up Squash with cocoa and Amaretti cookies,divine!Be back when you mess up your desk again!;D

Bong Mom said...

Looks wonderful and was laughing reading your prev. post. Trust kids not to understand gourmet dinner.
BTW I have seen mooncakes in Asian Stores and never dared to buy. How does it taste ? Once I did think of giving it a try, but then they said it was not the season
When can I buy it and what is it made of ?


Anh said...

Gattina, your table sounds a lot like mine. :D Patiently waiting for your recipe :)

Peabody said...

I can so relate. I used to teach school and my desk was a mess, but I could always find anything I needed. One day I had a substitute teacher and I guess they thought it would be nice to clean my desk for me...I couldn't find anything for weeks!

Gattina Cheung said...

Freya, thank you! I think that plate creates a very good effect.

Brilynn, let me mess up this desk first...

Shn, oh, you so sweet!

Lydia, yes, will do!

Tanna, thank you *digging digging*

Asha, messy is my profession :D

Sandeepa, the cake is like pastry,outside is a tender cake-y crust, inside is very thick, very paste-like SWEET thing... usually made from ground lotus seed, but with a variety, like mixed-nuts or beans. Inside the paste, people may like to add salty (duck) egg yolk, whole. Check the label and see if any meat or lard (which is rare now) they may use.
Mooncake should ship here early Fall, I think I will buy a box this year then show you all the detail :D

Anh *high five*

Anonymous said...

Hi Gattina, this sounds fabulous - I'm eagerly awaiting the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Ahh - I wait for the recipe with bated breath!

Unknown said...

Hope you'll find the recipe soon, coz these look so good!

Callipygia said...

Gattina your cooking is inspired. Squashy puddin!

Anonymous said...

Oh my! I didn't mean to laugh, but I am the same way! I spent a good portion of my morning last weekend looking for a recipe. Is it part of an office prereq? Swallow anything that enters?

The recipe looks devine. Can't wait to see the steps...

Melting Wok said...

boy, this is sureal, I could really touch those flaky almonds thingy in my mouth !! arrhhh..such preety pleasures :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Give me anything with almonds and I'll eat it all, lick my plate and me happy forever! :)

I loved the cakes, Gattina - they look scrumptious!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

It's official. I'm in love. With an amaretti cake.

Linda said...

gattina, this is absolutely perfect. are those spoons plastic? where oh where did you get those!

i always bring asian soups for lunch at work and eat them with chop sticks and a regular old spoon -- which just doesn't do the trick.

Anonymous said...

So pretty! Love those plates.