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      Cherry Pecan Scones with Maple Butter

      Ingredients:3 1/2 cup flour1/2 cup granulated sugar1 Tbsp baking powder3/4 cup butter, softened1/2 tsp salt1 cup dried cherries1 cup chopped salted pecans 3/4 cup buttermilk1 teaspoon vanillaDirections:Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix together flour, sugar, and baking powder. Cut in softened butter with pastry blender until mixture resembles small pebbles. Toss in cherries and pecans. Add buttermilk and vanilla and stir until moistened and a soft dough forms. Knead on a floured surface about 10 times. Roll out to 1/2 inch thick and cut out scones into circles with biscuit cutter. Top with sugar and cinnamon and bake. (measurements below)Sugar-Cinnamon Topping: Mix together 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 tsp cinnamonMaple Butter: Mix with blender until creamy: 1/2 cup softened butter and 1 T. maple syrupBake scones on a lightly sprayed cookie sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm with maple butter.Makes 12 scones.