American recipes to give thanks for

EVERY year on the fourth Thursday in November, America celebrates Thanksgiving, a festival first held by the Pilgrims in 1621 to give thanks for surviving the sailing from Plymouth.

Many traditional foods are prepared and cooked for Thanksgiving and a friend has sent me a couple of his favourites.

Pumpkin butter

This is a real treat and can be spread on toast or muffins.

2lb pumpkin puree

180ml apple juice

4g ground ginger

300g caster sugar

3g ground nutmeg

4g ground cinnamon

1g ground cloves.

Place pumpkin puree, sugar, spices and apple juice into a pan, stir and bring to the boil. Simmer for 30 mintues, stirring at regular intervals until it has thickened.

Spoon the butter into sterilised jars (as for jam) and tap to remove any air bubbles.

Seal and store.

Chocolate pecan pie

55 g plain chocolate (70% cocoa solids min)

3 eggs

75g butter

130g caster sugar

235ml corn syrup (you can substitute golden syrup for this)

112g pecan halves

9in uncooked flan case.

Pinch of salt.

Place butter and chocolate in a large mixing bowl over simmering water to melt.

Take from heat and add eggs/sugar/syrup/salt and beat together.

Fold in the pecan halves. (Leave some to decorate the top)

Pour mixture in the flan case, and decorate the top with pecans.

Bake until set in a preheated oven(375F/190C) until set, approx 40-50 mins.

Cool slightly and serve with vanilla ice-cream.