These Pizza Pinwheels are so easy to make and are great for a tasty lunch or tea time meal, and can even be made for lunch boxes too.
So it is another first for the Great British Bake Off this week, as we have Italian Week to inspire us to bake some delicious food. I have actually made two bakes this week. First up is my Pizza Pinwheels which I am featuring here. However, later in the week I will be featuring my sweet chocolate version of these over on the #BakeoftheWeek linky, which will be live on my blog on Thursday.
I make pizza or Pizza Pinwheels about once a week now. They are such an easy weekend lunch, or a speedy tea after school during the week. Asides from being so simple to make, another great thing about making Pizza Pinwheels, is that any leftovers can be used up in my boys packed lunches the next day.
Now I have to be honest, there was a time not so long ago (maybe even as far back as last year and beyond!), that I thought making pizza dough from scratch was too much of a faff, and took too long. How wrong I was! Seriously, I cannot believe it took me so many years to realise that actually making pizza dough from scratch is easy peasy!
My pizza dough recipe is actually based on Jamie Oliver’s one, , which is super easy to follow and makes perfect dough, every single time. Fact!
Pizza Pinwheels are a bit more of a faff to make than a pizza. However, I like to make them because they look prettier and are more portable, hence better for picnics and lunch boxes. More often than not I keep them plain and just add a tomato herby sauce and cheese. However, for the purpose of this blog post I added some pepperoni and cooked chicken pieces too. Mainly because I had some that needed eating up in my fridge.
I love seeing the filling oozing out of the dough once the slices have been cut from the big dough sausage you make.
Once baked, they are all golden and delicious and ready to serve alongside some salad and french fries.
Here is the recipe for Pizza Pinwheels
- *For the pizza dough*
- 500g strong white bread flour
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 x 7 g dried yeast sachet
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 325ml luke warm water
- *For the filling*
- passatta with added garlic and herbs
- cooked chicken
- grated mozzarella
- *To make the dough*
- Place all of the ingredients into a large bowl - I use my mixer so I use that bowl (but you can of course make this by hand)
- Use the dough hook attachment and mix well to form a soft dough and let the hook knead the dough for about five minutes, until it is silky smooth and elastic.
- Transfer to a clean bowl that has been very lightly greased with oil, cover with a damp tea towel (or clingfilm) and leave to rise for about 1½ hours, until doubled in size.
- Once the dough has risen, knock it back, and scatter some flour onto a clean work surface and then split the dough into two halves
- *TO MAKE THE PINWHEELS*
- Pre heat the oven to 180oC / 160oC (fan)
- Roll out each of the pizza doughs into an oblong shape which is not too thin or too thick
- Spread the tomato sauce over the base and scatter some oregano over it
- Add your toppings (I used pepperoni and cooked chicken)
- Scatter the grated mozzarella over the top
- Carefully, tuck in the smaller sides, and then roll into a long sausage shape ensuring that the fold is at the bottom.
- Repeat with the other dough half
- Using a knife, cut off slices approx 1-2 inches thick -you should get about 10 slices per dough
- Place onto a large baking tray/s
- Cook in the oven for approx 15 mins
I have also made a sausage version of these and you can see the recipe here
The #GBBOBloggers2017 Linky
Of course you are welcome to bake along with me and some other long standing GBBOBloggers, the more the merrier in fact. You can read the rules here which are not strict really, but they just explains my twitter accounts and all that jazz! All I ask is that you please add my badge, a link to my blog and share the GBBO love by sharing or commenting on some of the bakes that link up.
The linky will open every Tuesday after the new episode has aired on TV.
Thank you to everyone who linked up their pastry inspired bakes. The Portuguese Tarts were a popular bake, and I loved the theme of Rebecca’s Thyme pies! However, in the end I am going with Angela’s beautiful Spiced Blackberry and Pear Lattice Pie for my Star Bake.
I look forward to seeing your Italian inspired bakes this week. Thank you once again for joining in with my #GBBOBloggers2017 Bake Along x