Enjoy Squash This Fall With These Metro Detroit Eats

From pumpkin pie to pumpkin spice lattes, we all know the unofficial fruit of fall. This season, consider squash — pumpkin’s more sophisticated sibling that’s making its way into sweet and savory recipes all across town
Mildly sweet and nutty in flavor, squash — in all varieties — adds interest to baked goods, desserts, soups, and more.

From the Ground Up Sea Salt Butternut Squash Crackers

They might resemble Cheez-Its, but these plant-based snacks are nothing like the savory, cheese-flavored crackers of your childhood. Made with butternut squash, whole grain rice, cassava, and a blend of other vegetables and herbs, this elevated take on a nostalgic treat will satisfy your craving for a crunch. From the Ground Up Sea Salt Butternut Squash Crackers, $25 for pack of six, at Plum Market; plummarket.com for locations

Germack Jumbo Squash Seeds

By now, you’ve already mastered the art of roasting pumpkin seeds. Take your skills to the next level with squash seeds dusted with a light coating of salt — or, turn to a local brand to do the work for you. Germack is one of the few retailers that bag and sell roasted squash seeds in the U.S., and they’re based right here in Detroit. Germack Jumbo Squash Seeds, $6, at Germack, 2509 Russell St., Detroit; 313-784-9484; germack.com

Indulge by Jenn Squash Scones

Baker Jennifer Tilton’s freshly baked scones fly off the shelves at local hotspots such as The Congregation, Milwaukee Caffè, and The Gathering Coffee Co. This season, she gives the classic scone a savory twist for the perfect complement to soups and salads. Try the Fall Ratatouille, featuring acorn squash, onion, potatoes, and zucchini, or the Squash Gratin, made with butternut squash, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. There’s also the Brown Sugar Butternut, a flaky scone blended with brown sugar, cinnamon, and cranberries for a subtly sweet bite. Indulge by Jenn Squash Scones, $12 for 6, indulgebyjenn.square.site

Walter Pat’s Brown Butter Sage Butternut Squash Coffee Cake 

This Black-owned bakery specializes in spinning locally sourced herbs and produce into unexpected sweet treats. Brown butter lends a nuttiness to the coffee cake, while sage offers an earthy note. Sweet-and-salty chunks of squash sourced from Eastern Market round out this decadent dessert. Walter Pat’s Brown Butter Sage Butternut Squash Coffee Cake, $3.50 for one or $35 for an 8-inch round cake, at walterpats.com

Bon Bon Bon Squish Squash

True to the chocolatier’s whimsical nature, this fall confection features a medley of complex flavors to create one sweet-and-savory bite. A molten dark chocolate shell encases layers of delicata squash confiture and pepita gianduja. Crushed pepitas top the bon for an added crunch. Bon Bon Bon Squish Squash, $3.50 each at Bon Bon Bon, 441 W. Canfield St., Suite 12, Detroit; 313-316-1430; and 5 Nickels Arcade, Ann Arbor; 834-369-8558; bonbonbon.com

Ochre Bakery Squash Coconut Soup

Different variations of squash show up on the fall menu at Ochre, from the Core City bakery’s vegan sandwiches to its daily grain salads. A favorite is this velvety squash soup blended with creamy coconut milk. Call ahead before stopping in, though: The bakery’s general manager says there is no set menu at Ochre, so every day is different — just like life! Ochre Bakery Squash Coconut Soup, $7.50 for a 12 oz. cup, at Ochre Bakery, 4884 Grand River Ave., Unit 1B, Detroit; 313-686-5694; ochrebakery.com

This story is featured in the October 2021 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. Read more stories in our digital edition.