Meal Type: Pastry
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 14 pinwheels
These tasty morsels make a delicious snack and also go really well alongside a bowl of soup. I’ve given two flavour combinations but the possibilities are endless – I’ve given a few suggestions at the end. These are popular with children and easy enough for them to make too, with a little assistance. A good activity for a rainy day, perhaps?
Unroll the pastry sheet onto a flat surface, keeping the protective paper underneath, if possible.
For the pizza pinwheels, spread with tomato paste, leaving a small border along the edges. Sprinkle over the oregano and chopped olives and finally the cheese. For the cheese and ham pinwheels, spread with a thin layer of Dijon mustard, lay the slices of ham over the mustard and sprinkle with the cheese.
Starting with one of the long edges, roll the pastry tightly, as you would a Swiss roll. Use the paper to help you. Chill the rolled sausage in the fridge for 20 minutes – this will make it easier to cut.
Slice into evenly-sized disks (approximately 2cm/ ¾ inch wide). Place the disks onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking sheet or greaseproof paper. Reshape slightly if they flatten as you cut them – a rough circle shape is the aim. Leave a little space between each one to allow for expansion in the oven. Brush with beaten egg.
Slide the baking sheet onto the second runners in the roasting oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden. To ensure even cooking, rotate the tray half way through the cooking time.
Cool for a few minutes before enjoying warm, or cool on a wire rack.
Aga range cooker tips:
- If your roasting oven is particularly hot, keep a close eye to ensure they don’t burn. The roasting oven is hottest towards the back left corner in 'fossil' Aga range cookers – rotate the baking sheet half way through cooking to ensure the pinwheels are evenly bronzed.
- There are many filling possibilities – ask children to come up with their own ideas. These are a few favourites in our household:
- Olive tapenade, finely chopped sundried tomatoes and Parmesan.
- Marmite and Cheddar.
- Pesto, Parma ham, sundried tomatoes
- Spinach, feta cheese and pine nuts
This fun family recipe has been scribed and tested by community member Antonia, who is a hard working mum with two boys. Her recipes are trialed in her much loved Aga range cooker and devoured by her family, allowing Antonia to provide accurate tips and advice on how to make the dishes a success! Go check her work out! She is a country girl, happily surrounded by an excitable Lab, her dear husband, two boys and the Cotswolds.