My life is a little chaotic at times and, more often than I’d care to admit, I’ve forgotten that a gathering is bring and share, or that there’s a chef’s day at my son’s school, etc. I like to make things myself, but I also often don’t have the time or inclination.
This recipe has saved me a NUMBER of times – I get to seem all Martha Stewart without having to put hours in the kitchen (or jail).
- Ready made puff pastry, thawed (Thaw by leaving frozen pastry in the fridge overnight)
- Cheese (you can go wild here)
- Other flavour combo that can be spread or scattered. (see below ideas)
Unroll the pastry on a counter, keeping the plastic underneath the pastry.
- Using a rolling pin, make the pastry even longer by rolling along the length.
- Spread your topping on the pastry, and then scatter cheese over it (a little goes a long way)
- Roll the pastry along the long edge. Keep it rolled quite tightly to stop the cheese from spilling out when you cut it.
- Once rolled, place the tube into the freezer for about 15 – 30 minutes. This helps the pinwheels keep their shape when you cut them.
- Prepare the baking tray – use baking paper (this is not the same as wax paper).. or my favourite, a silicone mat.
- Take the cooled pastry from the freezer and preheat an oven to 180C
- Cut 1cm wheels and put the pinwheels on the baking tray with a couple of centimeters between them (they will expand).
- *If you want to freeze the pinwheels, you can either freeze raw, or cook them until just hardened, and you can warm up in the oven when ready. Freeze pastries in a single sheet on the baking tray and when they’re hard, pop them in a tupperware in the freezer. I find it easier to par-bake first, to avoid losing cheese..
- Bake in the oven for about 10-15 minutes (check to see when the pastry is golden and the cheese is starting to crisp.
If you use a sweet topping in your pinwheels (e.g. chutney), check them every 5 minutes or so, and flip the pinwheels when they start to harden. This stops the sugar from burning. .
- Cheese & bacon.. (you could add a little finely chopped onion too)
- Cheese & Chutney
- Cheese & Tapenade
- Cheese & Sun-dried tomato
You get the idea…
Also check out our ‘recipe’ for Camembert Bites.. another very quick canape.