Thursday, October 3, 2013

THB : Italian Cheese and Herb Pinwheels

This week at The Home Bakers (THB), Zoe of Bake For Happy Kids has selected Italian Cheese and Herb Pinwheels, our bake no. 25.

Three types of cheeses are used in this recipe, Romano, Asiago and Monterey Jack. I do not have all these three cheeses and have replaced with a mixture of Emmental and Cheddar. Four types of fresh herbs are used, parsley, chives, basil and oregano. I have replaced the oregano with rosemary from my garden and was happy to use fresh basil and chives, both from my potted garden too.

I have used the bread machine to knead the dough and at the end of the first rise, took out the dough and proceed with the shaping of the bread. Originally, this bread is made into a long loaf, where the dough is rolled out and the filling is scattered along the centre, roll it up and snip at 1-1/4-inch intervals, and then pull and twist each cut piece to lie flat on alternate side.

I have made this bread into pinwheels rolls instead.

1. The herbs, rosemary, parsley, chives and basil.
2. Roll out dough and sprinkle the mixture of cheeses and the chopped fresh herbs over.
3. Sprinkle some garlic powder all over, my own addition. Just love garlic powder!
4. Roll the dough up, and cut to 14 slices. (the two slices from each end can be baked in a smaller pan).
5. Place the remainder 12 slices in a 9" square baking pan, cover with plastic wrap and leave for about 40 minutes until doubled in size
6. Brush the top with the balance of the beaten egg and bake at 180C for about 30-35 minutes until golden brown.

Freshly baked Italian Cheese and Herb Pinwheels Rolls. 
It smells so cheezy nice and garlicky while these are baking.

These Pinwheels Rolls are yummy! The cheese, fresh herbs and the garlic powder makes it a very fragrant bread. Once these are cooled down, I kept the rolls in a container and each time, when the container was opened (and it was opened many times!), we can get the whiff fragrance of the cheese.

Great with a cup of tea.

It has a very soft and moist texture. I've made this with the intention to have it for breakfast the next morning, since it was a school week, but by the next morning, there were only 2 rolls left!

Maybe next time, I'll add some chopped ham together with the cheese and herbs! 

Can you see the soft texture of the bread? Yums!

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Here is the measurement for half a recipe, for my own record, with some changes I've made, using the bread machine.
Italian Cheese and Herb Pinwheels
(adapted from "Coffee Cakes", Lou Seibert Pappas)
For the dough :
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup warm water
60gm butter, softened
1/8 tsp salt
2 cups bread flour
1 large egg (for the dough)

For the filling :
1/2 egg
100 gm mixed grated cheese (Emmental and Cheddar)
1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs (rosemary, chives, basil and parsley)
some garlic powder

For glazing :
1/2 egg

To use the bread machine :
Place water, egg and butter in the bread pan. Spoon bread flour all over. Place salt in one corner of the bread pan, sugar in another corner. Make an indentation in the middle of the flour and place active dry east. Select Basic Dough Cycle. Press Start.
At the end of the Cycle, (mine took 1 hour 35 minutes, up to the first rising), remove dough, roll it out to 10" x 16" and sprinkle the mixed cheeses and herbs all over, leaving a 1-inch border all around. Roll it up and pinch edges to seal. Cut off about 1" from each ends. (You can bake these two pieces as separate buns later). Cut the log into 12 pieces and place on greased 9" square baking pan (make sure you grease the pan really well, as the cheese can be sticky when melted), cut side up, with 3 rows of 4 rolls each. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to rise until doubled in size. Brush with egg wash and bake at 180C for about 30 minutes until golden brown. 


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  1. Hi Joyce,

    This recipe is fantastic... I'm glad that I have changed my mind last minute to choose this recipe. We love these breads.


  2. Such heavenly pillows of goodness Joyce. Your Pinwheels look delicious. Oh how I wish I could pop one in my belly. Thank you for including a recipe for half. If I made an entire recipe of these I would no longer fit through my door, lol...(I know I'm not much of a yeast worker but you never know one day I may surprise everyone!)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Joyce. When you get a chance, pass by my blog. We're having a Pasta Party to celebrate National Pasta Month & World Pasta Day (and my blogoversary too:)

  3. The cheese and herbs combo sounds great! Shall try one day.

  4. Indeed.....the cheese and herbs sounds really great for this rolls....or as its called pinwheel here.

  5. Herby pinwheel looks soft and yummy !

  6. Yum! This rolls sure look great Joyce, and yes, ham would be a great addition to this cheesy bread.

  7. Delicious and well baked pinwheels. Very inviting as well.

  8. Hi, Joyce. Your pinwheels looks so soft and fluffy!

  9. These pinwheels look scrumptious, Joyce.

  10. Three types of cheeses ! If my son sees this, he'll pester me to make it. So fluffy and delicious looking. Gonna try it.

  11. Joyce, I love the cheese and herbs of these buns, looks good :)

  12. Your bread looks so lovely & the texture is great! I am drooling over these & wish I would jump in & have some.

  13. Quite a special recipe, never tried to bake the bread with herbs!

  14. Hi Joyce , the bread looks so yummy , I had to stop by and get a couple to go with my stew , thanks for sharing :).

  15. Hi Joyce, even looking at your ingredients is tempting enough for me. Cheese and fresh herbs, must be so nice!

  16. These wouldn't last long at my house either! They look really good to eat either by themselves or with a nice bowl of soup. :)

  17. Oh my goodness, I have been meaning to make pinwheels for so LONG! These look great, I really have no excuse not to make them now!

  18. OMG these look AWESOmE!! Hope to bake mine tonight!

  19. My goodness, Joyce, these pinwheels look heavenly. It's midday on a cool and gloomy Saturday in my part of the world right now, and I think one of these would be perfect with a nice bowl of soup for my lunch :-)

  20. Joyce , I copied your recipe and checked Zoe's as well :D Love how fluffy these rolls are ! Cheese and herbs combo sounds wonderful !

  21. Hi Joyce!
    The bread is so fluffy. I love bread with Italian herbs.
    Will try this when I get my bread maker.

  22. Joyce, these buns look delicious! I would have eaten a whole lot. Luckily, I still don't know how to bake buns hah! hah!

  23. Waa... your buns look so lovely & tasty! We love this delicious bread too & mine turned out to a kind of weird shape! LOL I should have make them into rolls , just like yours ! ;)

  24. One look at these, and I am hungry. They are real beauties.