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 …….