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Stuffed Pumpkin with Cranberry-Raisin Bread Pudding and Lemon-Vanilla Sauce

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1 pumpkin* -- (2 1/2- to 3-pound)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter -- melted and divided
2 tablespoons sugar -- divided
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter -- melted
3/4 cup half-and-half
3/4 cup chopped pecans -- toasted
1 raisin bread loaf -- (16-ounce) cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
Lemon-Vanilla Sauce
1 vanilla bean -- split
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

Cut off top of pumpkin, reserving lid with stem. Scoop out pumpkin seeds and pulp, and reserve for another use. Brush inside of pumpkin shell with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. Top with lid.

Bake at 350° for 35 minutes.

Brush inside of baked pumpkin shell with 1 tablespoon butter; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar.

Stir together eggs and next 6 ingredients; spoon pudding mixture into a lightly greased 8-inch square pan.

Bake pumpkin and bread pudding at 350° for 25 minutes. Let pumpkin cool; spoon bread pudding evenly into pumpkin shell. Serve with Lemon-Vanilla Sauce.

Note: For individual servings, substitute 12 (1/2-pound) pumpkins. Scoop out seeds and pulp; sprinkle each pumpkin shell with 1 teaspoon butter and 1 teaspoon sugar, and bake with the bread pudding. (Do not prebake as with the larger pumpkin.) Spoon bread pudding evenly into baked pumpkin shells.

Lemon-Vanilla Sauce

Cook vanilla bean, water, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until smooth and thickened.

Stir in butter and remaining ingredients, and cook until thoroughly heated. Remove vanilla bean

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Here's one of my Halloween entries for the contest. It makes a gorgeous display for Thanksgiving too.

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