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gouda [gou-duh, goo-; Dutch khou-dah]
noun
1. a semisoft, cream-colored cheese made in Holland from whole or partly skimmed milk.

by Susan Andrews

date walnut gouda scones

My inspiration Strawberryplum

Ingredients

     2C all purpose flour + 1 tsp for dates
     1 Tbsp sugar
     1 Tbsp baking powder
     1/2 tsp salt
     5 Tbsp cold butter cut into chunks. I use salted. I once heard a little African American Granny proclaim that she couldn't understand how people ate unsalted butter because it tasted like Vaseline. I couldn't agree more! Yuck!
     3/4 C Medjool dates pitted & cut into pieces
     heaping 1/2 C gouda cheese, I used smoked
     1/2 C walnut pieces
     1C heavy cream + 1 Tbsp for brushing scones

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Pit and chop your dates.

date walnut gouda scones

Toss dates w/ 1 tsp of flour so they aren't all stuck together. I used my fingers and pulled them apart as I tossed. Set aside.

date walnut gouda scones

Shred your cheese. Set aside

In a bowl add 2 cups flour, sugar, salt & baking powder. Whisk together.

Add your butter chunks

date walnut gouda scones

and blend with a pastry cutter until they look pea size.

date walnut gouda scones

Add your dates, walnuts, gouda and 1 cup whipping cream.

date walnut gouda scones

Stir together until large clumps of dough form. Do not overwork your dough.

date walnut gouda scones

Turn the dough onto a clean work surface and knead until it just comes together. This is where you will have to resist temptation to add more cream. Trust me, it will come together. Again, do not overwork the dough or you will get tough scones.

date walnut gouda scones

Press into a 9" circle using your fingertips and the palm of your hand. I used a 9x13 pan as a guide. You could also used a 9" cake or pie pan to measure.

date walnut gouda scones

Cut into 8 wedges.

date walnut gouda scones

Place on a greased pan. You can use parchment paper if you like. Brush with 1 Tbsp whipping cream. Put into preheated oven and bake for 13-15 mins.

date walnut gouda scones

I used the max time as I like a nice brown scone.

date walnut gouda scones

Baked goods are always best the first day.

date walnut gouda scones

If you have leftovers just heat them a bit in the microwave. I am going to freeze some for my husband to take with him when he goes out of town.
[husband note: BTW, the scones are delicious. I warm them for 10 secs and spread some butter in the middle. YUMMY breakfast]

date walnut gouda scones

Pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy! They are wonderfully sweet, crunchy, flaky and tender!

date walnut gouda scones