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Cherry and Pecan Spread
Cherry and Pecan Spread Dairy
Makes 3 cups


1 cup dried sour cherries
1 cup water
2 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
1 tablespoon fresh lime juices
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest
Scones or crackers as accompaniments


In a small heavy saucepan simmer cherries in water until liquid is reduced to about 1 tablespoon. Remove pan from heat and cool mixture. In a bowl whisk together cream cheese, pecans, lime juice, thyme, zest, cherry mixture, and salt and pepper to taste until spread is combined well. Spread may be made 2 days ahead and kept chilled, covered. Serve spread with scones or crackers. Makes 3 cups