Here in New Jersey, the cold snap of winter certainly took its time getting here. Not that I was complaining. I thoroughly enjoying our 65 and 70 degree December days. But those are now long gone. Winter arrived and we’ve been fully chilled here now. These colder days have me craving comfort food.
For me, that usually means I make my way to the kitchen, fire up the oven and start baking. The things I personally find most comforting when it comes to cold weather baking are sweets baked with all those warm wintery spices. Allspice, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon. These spices always make me feel instantly warm just smelling them!
Recently I made a sweet potato spice cake that was spectacular. Filled with all those beautiful spices, moist and tender. I transformed it into a cranberry cherry spice cake trifle for the holidays. The spiced cake with the tart cranberries, sweet cherries and notes of citrus was amazing.
As I thought about those sweet potatoes in that unique spice cake, it made me think about another favorite food of mine and spicy butternut squash bread was born.
From autumn straight through until the arrival of spring, roasted butternut squash is something I make at least once a week, if not more! So why not a butternut squash quick bread recipe? With a similar flavor profile to pumpkin, I had no doubt it would be a smashing success.
I roasted the butternut squash to add that deep, caramelized flavor that created a slight savory note to this sweet spice bread. Paired with cinnamon, cloves, ginger and notes of citrus, these loaves are sweet, spicy and just a touch savory.
This spicy butternut squash bread recipe is tender, moist and oh so very easy to make. Stir together a few ingredients, pop the loaves in the oven and voila! Spiced, sweet, comfort food perfect for these cold winter months.
Adapted from Once Upon A Chef