These are a favourite with American families and make a great alternative to mince pies
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Another idea for pecans: Squash gratin with pecans
Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Peel, deseed and thinly slice 1 butternut squash. Place in a baking dish, pour over 175ml single cream, season, then scatter with 25g each breadcrumbs and chopped pecans. Cover and bake for 20 mins, then uncover and cook for 20 mins more until cooked through and the topping is crunchy and golden.