2 tbsp olive oil, for the crostini
16 slices crusty baguette
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 garlic clove, peeled but left whole
about 1 lbs (450 g kabocha squash (Japanese pumpkin), peeled, seeded and cut into chunks
2 tbsp olive oil, for topping
2 garlic cloves, crushed
grated juice and zest of 1 lemon
7 oz (200 g) ricotta cheese
2 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped
4 sprigs fresh lemon-scented thyme, leaves picked
Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C). To make the crostini, pour 2 tbsp olive oil over a baking sheet, then gently press the bread into the oil on both sides
Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven, and lightly rub each slice with the garlic clove. Set aside on a wire rack to cool.
Put the pumpkin on a baking sheet, and toss with the olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, and rosemary. Season with salt and pepper, then roast for about 35 minutes until tender and golden. Leave to cool slightly.
To serve, in a bowl, combine the ricotta, thyme, and a little lemon juice.
Spoon a little of the ricotta mixture onto each of the crostini, and top with a chunk of roasted pumpkin, squeezing it a little with your fingers before putting it in place. Arrange on a large serving dish or platter, and serve.