12Oct

Pumpkin Punch Bowl

This one makes a great center piece for your table as well as a handy punch bowl! Use a black marker to paint a jack-o-lantern face on the front, you’ll need this pumpkin whole!
The punch recipe is a good one that can be used in any type punch bowl, you can find all kinds of Halloween themed punch bowls at this time of year, even a ceramic pumpkin which will last year after year!

INGEDIENTS

1 hollowed and well cleaned pumpkin
2 oranges
Whole cloves
6 cups apple juice
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 1/4 cups pineapple juice

Use a medium to large sized pumpkin, gut it out and carefully scrap the inside until it is smooth and clean. You’ll be using this for your punch bowl. Using a black marker, draw a Jack-O-Lantern face on it. Set aside until the punch is ready. Add ice to the punch when filled, this will keep the punch cold and help preserve the pumpkin until the party is over.

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Stud the whole oranges with cloves, spacing them about two inches apart and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven.
In a large saucepan, combine the apple juice and cinnamon stick; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the nutmeg, honey, lemon juice and pineapple juice.

Serve hot in a punch bowl with the 2 clove-studded baked oranges floating on top. To serve in the hollow pumpkin, you may want to cool it first so it doesn’t cook the inside of the pumpkin.

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