Cherry and Pecan Cream Cheese Spread

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  • 1 cup dried sour cherries
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 (8 ounce) 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


  1. In a small heavy saucepan simmer cherries in water until liquid is reduced to about 1 tablespoon.
  2. Remove pan from heat and cool mixture.
  3. 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.
  4. Spread may be made 2 days ahead and kept chilled, covered.
  5. Serve spread with scones or crackers.

Source: Gourmet Magazine, May 1994