Baked Winter Squash Soup

Ingredients for 12 servings:
1. 2 (2 lb) acorn squash
2. 2 (2 lb) butternut squash
3. 1/2 cup butter
4. 8 teaspoons dark brown sugar
5. 3 carrots, peeled
6. 1 large onion, thinly sliced
7. 10 cups chicken stock
8. 3/4 teaspoon ground mace
9. 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
10. 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
11. salt
12. 8 ounces creme fraiche
13. 1 tablespoon chives, snipped

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cut squash in half, scoop out seeds.
3. Place squash in roasting pan, skin side down. In cavities place 1 T. butter and 1 t. sugar. Place carrots and onions around squash.
4. Pour 2 cups of stock in pan, cover and bake for 2 hours.
5. Remove and allow to cool. Scoop out pulp from squash and place in soup pot. Add carrots, onions and cooking juices.
6. Add remaining stock and mace, ginger, cayenne and salt to taste. Stir and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
7. Puree until smooth. Adjust seasonings.
8. Serve with garnish of creme fraiche and chives.

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