I’ve tried this recipe once before, and am thinking of giving it another go this weekend, now we’re in pumpkin season. Very calorific, but these things can be overlooked occasionally.
- 500 g ready-made dessert pastry
- 1 large butternut squash, quartered and seeds reserved
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons maple syrup
- 6 tablespoons caster sugar
- 3 large free-range eggs, beaten
- 200 ml double cream
Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. Roll the pastry to the thickness of a pound coin. Get a 22cm loose-bottomed tart tin, line with the pastry and bake blind for 20 minutes. Set aside.
Lay the squash in a baking tray. Sprinkle with the nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon and drizzle with the maple syrup. Cover the tray tightly with a double layer of tinfoil and bake for 45 minutes until soft. Reduce the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4.
Allow the pieces of squash to cool, then scoop out the flesh. You should have about 600g of cooked squash flesh. Don’t forget to scrape out the bits in the tray and the maple syrup. Put in a food processor and whiz until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the sugar and the eggs. Mix well and stir in the cream.
Fill the cooled tart case with the mix and bake for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, wash the stringy bits of squash off the seeds, dry them and lay them flat on a tray. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar and place in the oven with the pie for the last 10 minutes until crispy.
Remove the tart from the oven. Sprinkle with the seeds when cool.
image and recipe. Jamie Oliver
We’ve added a few new things to the shop this week. Some gorgeous neon stars and stripes for lil’ ones by Berlin based Noe & Zoe, which we absolutely LOVE. More stock from this brand will arrive at the end of the month too!
Also unisex tights from Irish brand Slugs & Snails. The ghouls are in time for Halloween, my lil’ bean had a version of these last year and loved the little ghosts and colours.
Aside from the shop, I ordered a colour card from Farrow & Ball today and came across a children’s book they have done. Painted of course using Farrow & Ball paints, it has been released as a limited edition of 1000, telling the story of it’s new colours.
image. Farrow & Ball
Now Autumn is finally setting in, I’ve been looking at blankets. I love them anyway, but I’m also looking for a special one for lil’ bean 3. It’s one of the things I like to get for each them, to have as their own.
top image. TBC
middle. Lucky Boy Sunday
Manimal moccasins are available exclusively in the UK at Lil’ Beans from this weekend!! They come in these 3 colours in sizes, 6-9m, 9-12m and 12-18m. Beautifully made by hand by the lovely Kristen in Brooklyn. Limited first stock drop, so don’t miss out on these adorable booties. Autumn is a comin’!
Happy weekend and 1st September x
We like these fake fur hats for all ages from SpiritHoods. Made in Los Angeles, the company gives 10% of net profit from each sale to the conservation of endangered animals. Like our Lil’ Beans/Le Gun tee’s it’s a bit of ‘shopping for a good cause’, and receiving a great product in return.
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