Bread Pudding In A Pumpkin Shell

Filed under: Dessert, Romantic Recipes.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding cooked in a sugar pumpkin that I grow in my garden.

1 pound loaf of egg bread sliced
1 stick of butter
2-12 ounce cans of evaporated milk
3 cups of gourmet half and half
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of cooked, pureed pumpkin or canned pumpkin
6 large eggs
2 teaspoons ginger
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sliced dates or raisins
1 cup walnuts

Cut off the top of a medium sized pumpkin remove seeds and fibers. Place pumpkin in a square pan that has 1 inch of boiling water in it. Bake shell for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Fill shell with pudding mixture and bake 1 1/2 hours longer. Set pumpkin lid in oven for last hour of baking.

The pudding: Toast bread slices and brush with melted butter and cut into cubes. In a saucepan, blend undiluted milk, half and half, sugar and pumpkin with wire whisk until smooth. Heat until bubbles appear around the sides of pan. Remove from heat.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with ginger, cinnamon, vanilla and salt until well-blended. Then beat in a cup of the pumpkin mixture. Pour egg mixture into remaining pumpkin mixture and mix well. Pour over bread and let stand 15 minutes. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Fold in dates and nuts. Transfer to pumpkin shell that has been previously baked for 30 minutes and bake according to directions above.

Recipe Summary:
Yield: 6 small pumpkins
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Recipe Provided By:
Songbird Prairie B&B
Valparaiso, IN

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