Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sweet and Savory Pinwheels

Pinwheels are a beautiful decoration and delight children of all ages. They come in different colors and are a must have all parties. So are these sweet and savory pinwheels!! They are a true delight to have, and can be made in different flavors depending on your taste and imagination. Just as the paper pinwheels can be made in a jiffy, these party appetizers are equally easy to make.

All you need to make these pinwheels is a box of puff pastry, an oven and loads of imagination! make them sweet or savory, with a milk wash or an egg wash; the choice is all yours. I made them of two types, the sweet ones with grape jam and the savory ones with butter and garlic salt. They are both a delight to eat. You can also add different fillings and make them of a larger size, but I chose to keep them bite sized.

Store bought Puff pastry
Your choice of jam
Butter, at room temperature
Garlic Salt

Thaw the puff pastry to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Dust the working surface with allpurpose or wheat flour and keep the thawed pastry sheet on it. Gently roll the rectangular sheet to double its size, retaining the shape. Once the sheet is rolled out, make squares out of it. The number of squares will depend on the sheet size. I originally used a 5" sheet rolled out to 10" and made 9 equal squares out of it of about 3" each. If you want to serve them as a snack, make larger squares. 

Lay parchment paper on a baking tray or grease it with butter. Cut each square diagonally from the corner to the centre, but not entirely till the centre. Place the squares on the greased baking tray. Place little jam of your choice in the centre for the sweet ones. Place some butter and sprinkle garlic salt in it. Fold each point on the periphery to the centre, making the shape of a pinwheel. Stick the points on the centre and press well. 

Place the baking tray in the preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes till the top becomes lightly brown. Remove from oven once done, and cool them on a cooling rack. Once completely cool, sprinkle brown sugar on the sweet ones (this is completely optional). Serve them for breakfast or serve as an appetizer at dinner or any party! These pinwheels can be stored in airtight containers for a week!! 

Another simple recipe using puff pastry is Khari biscuits; quick recipe using just two ingredients!!

Try out these Almond Cardamom Cookies too, really tasty and easy to make!!

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