Friday, 6 January 2012

Red Pepper, Goat's Cheese and Walnut Pinwheels

red pepper, goat's cheese and walnut pinwheels

Yes, this shape is familiar: the Christmas Buns I made recently looked like this. 

These are unabashedly savoury and fit the bill for a delicious canapé that once you have the three ingredients plus the puff pastry  are quick and easy to make.  I love the ingredients: red peppers, goat’s cheese, and chopped walnuts! Mmm.  Roll them all up in the pastry and bake in the oven . Serve warm. A tray of glasses accompanied by the clink of bottles with a selection of different nibbles is always a welcome sight and this canapé makes a tasty and attractive addition.

Now a word about frozen puff pastry: we didn’t have it here for years and years and years . Frozen goods have only just made their appearance here, very slowly actually as Turkish housewives are so used to buying fresh that they have had to become accustomed to the concept. I was told that the puff pastry wasn’t actually very good so this was my first attempt at using it although having said that I did use it very successfully for sausage rolls recently.

There were two types of  Superfresh frozen puff pastry and I bought the  tereyağwhich means with butter. I thought this a little strange as I though puff pastry by definition was made with copious amounts of butter.  My first attempt was to make palmiers with the same ingredients as the pinwheels.

this is the shape for palmiers - you roll both sides
the middle and then slice

 Perhaps I didn’t roll it out enough but I assumed it would be all ready to go. It did roll beautifully but didn’t puff up enough in the oven. So with the remaining pastry and red peppers, cheese and walnuts, I decided to try again and  make these pinwheels. This time I rolled the pastry thinner and it seemed to work pretty well. You do need a hot oven.


500g frozen puff pastry
4-5 prepared grilled/közlenmiş sweet red peppers, chopped

the chopped red peppers

A good handful of walnuts, chopped

Soft goat’s cheese/keçi peyniri – I used half a log which spread easily


  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F/180°C.
  • Bring the puff pastry to room temperature and gently knead into a ball. Flour your surface and your rolling pin and sprinkle a little on top of your ball of pastry.
  • Roll out gently, not pushing down but out, to a large rectangle.
  • Spread the goat's cheese all over the pastry, and then scatter the chopped red pepper all over. Follow with the chopped walnuts.

pastry spread with goat's cheese, red pepper and walnuts
gently rolling the pastry with all the ingredients

  • Starting from the long side, gently roll all the way to the other. Firm the roll a little with your hands and then slice evenly and place on a greased baking sheet. Place in the hot oven and bake till lightly browned and risen.
  • Serve immediately.
afiyet olsun!