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Recipes from Amanda Gish House
Dried Cherry Scones
Combine 1/2 cup of dried cherries (or other dried fruit) with 2 tbsp. brandy or apricot nectar. Let stand for 15 minutes.
Combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, baking powder). Cut the shortening into the dry ingredients well. Add pecans.
Make a 'hole' in the center of the dried mixture.
Stir together well beaten egg and half-and-half. Add egg and fruit mixtures to dry ingredients all at once.
Using a fork, stir just until moistened.
Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 12 to 15 strokes. Form dough into a 7 inch circle,
and cut into 8 wedges.
Place scones 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Brush tops with 1 tbsp. half-and-half, sprinkle with 2 tsp. sugar.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
Serve warm with maple-nut butter if desired.
Maple-nut Butter1/2 cup softened butter 1/2 cup toasted pecans (walnuts and other nuts work well too) 1 tsp. maple syrup In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans, 1/2 cup softened butter, and 1 tsp. maple syrup. Chill if not using immediately, soften to room temperature before use.