Roasted Squash Soup with Maple-Glazed Bananas
Provided by: Food&Wine
"It smelled like autumn in a bowl," said Gavin Kaysen , the chef at Manhattan's Café Boulud, describing Tim Hollingsworth's fragrant, fabulous soup .
- 1 2-pound butternut squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
- Kosher salt
- 1/2 cup(s) pecans
- 1 banana, scooped into balls with a melon baller or sliced 1/2 inch thick
- 1 tablespoon(s) pure maple syrup
- 1 cup(s) water
- 1/2 cup(s) crème fraîche
- pinch(s) of ground cinnamon
- 8 small watercress sprigs
- 1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Butter a medium baking dish. Season the squash with salt and set it cut side down in the baking dish. Bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, until the squash is very tender. Let cool slightly.
- 2. Meanwhile, spread the pecans in a pie plate and toast for about 7 minutes, or until fragrant. Let cool, then coarsely chop and transfer to a medium bowl. Add the banana and maple syrup and stir to coat.
- 3. Peel the squash. In a blender, puree the squash, water, crème fraîche and cinna- mon until very smooth. Transfer to a medium saucepan and warm over low heat. Ladle the soup into bowls, garnish with the banana-nut topping and watercress and serve hot or at room temperature.