Smoked Gouda & Chive Scones
As with many of my recipes, the inspiration behind this one was a bit weird.
... a commercially available popcorn!
Back when we still lived in the USA, Gouda and Chive popcorn would routinely make it on the massive list of junk food items we’d have to buy, when visiting Canada.
I happened across an old Facebook post leading up to one of those trips - getting wish lists from friends - just as I was deciding what kind of scones I’d like to make for my husband.
... so here we are!
Luckily for me, the chives we planted last year are already growing like mad... so I was able to grab a handful, right from our back deck. Score!
Developing This Savoury Scone Recipe
Starting out with “gouda and chives” as an idea, I wanted to bulk out the flavours a bit, rather than actually make it taste like the popcorn that inspired it.
We are lucky to live 2 minutes from a great cheese shop, with a particularly nice selection of smoked cheeses. We’re a big fan of smoked cheese (Have you tried our smoked cheese balls?), so I started with smoked gouda.
I added a little bit of garlic powder to accentuate the chives AND the cheese. I wanted it to be an accent, rather than to make “garlic biscuits”. I didn’t want the garlic to take center stage at all.
Finally, I added just a small amount of smoked paprika, to kick up the smoky flavour and add a little more depth. Again, not a “center stage” thing, just enough to bolster the main flavours.
I CANNOT tell you how good the dough smelled, both when raw and during / after baking. It was absolutely maddening!
Says my husband:
“I don’t know if it’s offensive to say it’s a simple elegance?
Like when you look at them, they don’t look like much, but they’re really complex.
I like that I can’t really pick out the garlic or smoked paprika individually. They’re parts of a whole, instead of features.
I love the subtle smokiness, it really elevates them!”
About The Buttermilk
I'll be honest, I NEVER buy buttermilk. I just don't use it often enough to bother.
However, it really is the best for making scones. So, I just measure 2 teaspoon of lemon juice into your measuring cup, and top with milk to the 1 cup line.
You'll want to let it sit a few minutes before using.
How to Make Smoked Gouda & Chive Scones
Preheat oven, Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and chives.
Chop 6 tablespoon of chilled butter into small cubes, reserve the remaining 2 Tbsp.
Cut chopped butter into dry ingredients using a fork (or two!) or a pastry blender / cutter until mixture is distributed throughout, and mixture resembles gravel.
Add cheese, stir until combined.
Whisk egg into buttermilk. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients, stir JUST until combined - mixture will be a little sticky.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface, sprinkling some flour on top. Gently knead for a few seconds, then gather dough up into a ball.
Press down to a disk that’s an even 1" thickness, cut into 6 wedges.
Transfer scones to prepared baking sheet.
Melt reserved butter, brush onto unbaked scones.
Bake for 22-25 minutes or until just golden brown - don't over-bake them!
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Smoked Gouda & Chive Scones
- 2 ½ cups All-Purpose Flour
- 3 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon Granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- ½ teaspoon Garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon Smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoon Finely chopped fresh chives
- 8 tablespoon Chilled butter divided
- 1 ½ cups Shredded smoked gouda
- 1 cup Buttermilk*
- 1 Large egg
- Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and chives.
- Chop 6 tablespoon of chilled butter into small cubes, reserve the remaining 2 Tbsp.
- Cut chopped butter into dry ingredients using a fork (or two!) or a pastry blender / cutter until mixture is distributed throughout, and mixture resembles gravel.
- Add cheese, stir until combined.
- Whisk egg into buttermilk. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients, stir JUST until combined - mixture will be a little sticky.
- Turn dough out onto a floured surface, sprinkling some flour on top. Gently knead for a few seconds, then gather dough up into a ball.
- Press down to a disk that’s an even 1" thickness, cut into 6 wedges.
- Transfer scones to prepared baking sheet.
- Melt reserved butter, brush about half of it onto scones.
- Bake for about 22-25 minutes or until golden brown.
- If you’d like, immediately brush the remaining butter over the hot scones, for extra richness.