Butternut squash flan

Serves 6
For the pastry
125g butter
200g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
50ml chilled water

For the filling
1 butternut squash
8 eggs
300ml double cream
1 tbsp chopped
flat-leaf parsley
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
black pepper
200g streaky bacon

Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. For the pastry: chop the butter into cubes, then sift the flour into a large bowl. Add the chopped butter and season with salt, then rub in the butter. Add 50ml water gradually, bringing the mixture together to make a dough. Knead the pastry together into a firm dough, then wrap in cling film and chill for 20 mins.
Roll the pastry out on a clean, lightly floured surface to fit a greased and lined 25.5 x 10.5cm tin. Chill for 10 mins. Line the bottom of the pastry case with greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans. Bake for 5 mins, remove the paper and beans, and cook for a further 5 mins.
For the filling: peel and slice half the butternut squash into thin strips, removing the seeds, and blanch in a bowl of boiling water for 5 mins. Drain and refresh with cold water and set aside. Chop the remaining butternut squash up roughly and place in a large saucepan, then fill with boiling water. Simmer for 15 mins, until just soft. Peel and discard the skin and seeds, then purée in a food processor. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs together and add the double cream, whisking until firm. Whisk in the butternut purée, parsley, onion and garlic. Season with pepper.
Fill the pastry case with the mixture and bake for 20 mins. In the meantime, fry the bacon until crispy. Position the blanched butternut squash and bacon rashers in the set mixture, then bake for 15 mins. Serve immediately or chilled.

Other butternut squash recipes in our Nov/Dec 2015 issue:

• Butternut and potato rolls
• Baked butternut stew pots
• Roast butternut squash
• Butternut farls
• Butternut and ginger sponge

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