What’s For Dessert? Nothing!

Except that by Nothing, I definitely mean something good.

The name for this dish is a side effect of asking a 2-year-old what he thinks a new dish should be called. 

I guess it shows that Angstrom has a sense of humor, though, because the second time I made it, he laughed every time I told him that I was putting Nothing in the oven and giving him Nothing on a plate.  Rory suggested I ought to give this dish a different name, but I sort of agree with Angstrom: Nothing is a funny name for something to be called.


  • 1 butternut squash or 2 acorn squashes, halved and seeds scooped out
  • 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup + 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp + 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 2 dashes nutmeg
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.  Place squash cut side down in a casserole dish.  Add about 1/2 inch water.  Bake for an hour.
  2. Combine 1/4 cup brown sugar with flour, oats, 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger, and one dash nutmeg to make streusel topping.
  3. Let squash cool, then scoop out of its skin with a spoon.  It should come out pretty much mashed.  Combine in a mixing bowl with 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger, and 1 dash nutmeg.
  4. Stir cranberries into squash mixture, then spread into casserole dish.  Top with pecan halves and streusel topping.  Bake in 375 F oven for 30-45 minutes and serve.  Invite toddlers to your table so that you get a big laugh when you make a big deal out of serving Nothing for dessert.

One Response to “What’s For Dessert? Nothing!”

  1. Melissa Says:

    Made a vegan version of this last night for a potluck with apples instead of cranberries (whoops, seasons happened between freezing the acorn squash and using it) and it was great! Thanks!

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