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Cherry-Pecan Cream Cheese Spread

Servings: Makes about 3 cups
1 cup dried sour cherries or dried stawberries
1 cup water
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans or walnuts
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (optional)
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest
Scones, crackers, or bagels as accompaniments

In a small heavy saucepan simmer cherries (or dried strawberries) 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 (or walnuts), lime juice, thyme (optional), lime zest, cherry (or strawberry mixture) 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 on scones, crackers or bagels.

Makes about 3 cups.

Date: April 27, 2004