With Halloween this passing weekend and the festive season coming up I decided to try to make something sweet and cinnamony. There’s nothing like cinnamon and maple to make things nice and cheery. So instead of carving pumpkin we baked it.
I’ve recently discovered Woolworth’s various interesting grind seasonings. The one that inspired this was the Maple, Vanilla and Chocolate Grind. This recipe was really an impulse experiment because I so wanted to use the new grind we bought. We ended up liking it so much that we might just make it again!
If you have any ideas for tweaking it, please leave a comment. This dish might just blur the lines between a side dish and dessert. Hope you like it!
- 1 small/medium sized butternut
- 125g wood smoked bacon
- 10ml maple syrup
- 1/4 cup Demerera sugar
- 125 ml Pouring Cream
- 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
- Woolworths Maple, Vanilla and Chocolate Grind.
- Preheat oven to 180C.
- Slice butternut halfway and steam for 15-20 minutes.
- Slice bacon into small squares and place in frying pan with maple syrup. Fry over high heat until cooked but not browned.
- Mix together the cream, sugar, and grind some of the Woolies deliciousness in.
- When butternut has been steamed, carefully cut the butternut in half and clean. Take a tablespoon and even out the hole throughout the whole butternut. Make sure to delve in there a bit so that the creamy mixture has tons of places to go.
- Divide the bacon in half and place on top of each half of the butternut.
- Stir cream mixture well and pour a quarter of the mixture over each half. Try to not have the mixture spill out of the butternut halves.
- Bake for 15 minutes, make sure the bacon doesn't burn.
- You can microwave the rest of the cream mixture for 20-30seconds depending on the strength of your microwave. Make sure to keep your eye on it. When done it should be a thick cinnamon sauce.
- Remove the butternut from the oven and pour over the maple cinnamon sauce. Generously grind the maple, vanilla and chocolate seasoning It's up to you whether you would like to bake it some more.
If you would like it a bit sweeter and saucier, double the sauce and drench the butternut. You won't be sorry!