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Persimmon Squash Pie

I created this recipe for our local persimmon festival, using homegrown squash. Make sure the persimmons are ripe! I like to use a few extra toffee bits and pecans in the garnish. —Betty Milligan, Bedford, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • Pastry for single-crust pie
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup mashed cooked butternut squash
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe persimmon pulp
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 30 caramels
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup English toffee bits or almond brickle chips


  • Preheat oven to 450°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle. Transfer to a 9-in. pie plate; flute edge. Line unpricked crust with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake 5-6 minutes or until lightly browned; cool on a wire rack. Reduce heat to 350°.
  • In a blender, combine the buttermilk, squash and persimmon pulp; cover and process until smooth.
  • In a large bowl, combine the sugars, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a small bowl, combine the eggs, cream, butter, vanilla and squash mixture; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  • Pour into crust. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • In a small saucepan, combine caramels and milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until melted and smooth. Pour over hot pie. Sprinkle with pecans and toffee bits. Cool completely on a wire rack. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 578 calories, 27g fat (13g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 465mg sodium, 82g carbohydrate (60g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • debpenns
    Apr 24, 2020

    we loved this pie ifound frozen persimmons and squash in my freezer what a delight and something different will make this again Deb Pennington VFE

  • vicky6_7
    Nov 27, 2011

    This is a really nice pie and not difficult to make. Since it is a little sweet I am going to cut the white sugar next time since some people said they couldn't taste the persimmon too much. But it is ia little on the lines of the sweetness of pecan pie only (I think) nicer.