Baked Jack-O-Lantern

3 pounds pumpkin
1 1/2 cups apple -- Granny Smith, diced
1 cup dried cherries
1 cup raisin -- half golden/half sweet
1/2 cup pecan halves -- coarsely chopped
1/2 cup walnuts -- coarsely chopped
1/3 cup brown sugar -- light brown
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon -- ground
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg -- grated
1 tablespoon lemon juice -- fresh
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Carefully cut open the top of the pumpkin as if you were making a Jack-O-Lantern. Remove the seeds and membrane and discard.

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Stuff the pumpkin (It's OK if there's a little left over). Cook the left-over stuffing in a baking dish -- it's too good to waste. Place the lid on the pumpkin. Place pumpkin in a 3-inch-deep baking dish and fill the dish with about 2 inches of water. The water will act as insulation.

Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake with the lid on for 45 minutes. Carefully remove the baking dish from the oven. With a small paring knife, carve a Jack-O-Lantern face in the pumpkin.

IMPORTANT: Only carve the face through the outer skin of the pumpkin. DO NOT carve through the meat of the pumpkin into the stuffed interior.

With the lid removed, place the baking dish, with the pumpkin still in the water bath, back into the oven. Bake an additional 30 minutes. This is a very important stage. Make sure that the pumpkin doesn't over-cook and that the top doesn't collapse in the center. If this happens, the lid will not fit and the appearance of the finished product will not be dramatic. When the baking is finished, remove from the oven and place the pumpkin on a serving platter. Scoop the inside goodies out with some of the cooked pumpkin.

Serve with a dollop of lemon yogurt or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Halloween Spider Cake

1 pk White cake mix 18 1/4 oz
1 sm Green gelatin

Black Frosting:
Blue food coloring
Chocolate frosting

4 Black licorice
2 Big green gum balls
6 Little gum balls

Prepare cake and gelatin according to package directions, except use 9" round cake pans for the cake..

Cut a smaller circle out of one cake and using it as the head. Fill the hole left over with gelatin. Place the other layer on top and trim to shape.

To prepare Black Frosting:
In a mixing bowl, add blue food coloring to chocolate frosting until black in color.

Frost cake with the black frosting. Then, use the black licorice as legs and gum balls as eyes.

When cake is cut, it spurts green goop.

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