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Ugly Dumpling squash

Sweet and Savory Baked Winter Squash

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course contorno
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 per squash


  • 2 dumpling or acorn winter squash
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. Maldon or course salt


  • Preheat oven to 400 °F
  • Cut squashes in half, horizontally through the center. Scoop out the seeds and pulp. (see Note below)
    Sprinkle the cinnamon inside each squash half, then drizzle in the maple syrup, and finally, sprinkle the salt inside.
    Place the squash halves, cut side up in a baking dish, and bake for 40 mins. at 400 °F until the flesh is soft. Serve right away.


Try roasting the squash seeds! They are yummy! : Separate the seeds from the pulp. Add a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt to the bottom of a baking dish. Add the squash seeds and stir to coat the seeds with oil. While the squashes are baking, bake the seeds alongside, for about 10 - 15 minutes until they are browned and begin to make a popping sound. The seeds are delicious and can be served with the baked squash, on a salad, or as a snack. 
Keyword winter squash