Pizza Pinwheels 🍕

” I’ve seen better days but I’ve also seen worse.

I don’t have everything that I want but I have all that I need.

I woke up with some aches and pains but I woke up.

My life may not be perfect but I am blessed. ”

Oh …if we could remember that it’s the circle of life !

These pizza pinwheels reminds me of just that …the circle of life.😀

It moves us all…through despair and hope, through faith and love, until we find our place on the path unwinding.

I love to take everyday recipes a few notches higher with the least intervention. These ham and cheese bursts have the best of pizza and pinwheels rolled (literally !!) into one. It’s super for birthday parties , school snacks or a games night ! Moreover, it freezes well too !

Happy baking …❤️

Ingredients for pizza :

All Purpose Flour – 2 cups

Instant Yeast – 1 1/2 tsp

Sugar – 1 tsp

Olive oil – 1 tbsp

Salt – 1/4 tsp

Beaten egg – 1

Italian seasoning – 1 tsp

Lukewarm Water – 1/2cup – 3/4 cup

Method :

Mix the flour, salt, sugar, yeast, egg, Italian seasoning, lukewarm water until you get a smooth dough. Add olive oil . Allow to rise until dough doubles . ( around 20 mins ). Ensure it’s covered with a wet cloth .

Punch down dough and roll out into 1/4 inch thickness. Use flour sparingly to dust the surface and ensure the dough doesn’t stick !

Smoked Ham & Cheese Filling :

Cheese spread – 1/4 cup

Pasta sauce – 1/4 cup

Smoked ham – 1/4 cup

Mozzarella cheese – 1/2 cup

1 Beaten egg with a dash of salt- for egg wash

Melted butter – 2 tbsp

Once you roll out the dough, leave a 1 inch gap on all sides and smear the cheese spread, then the pasta sauce, sprinkle ham and finally sprinkle mozzarella cheese. Roll the dough length wise, away from you . Let the seam be at the base, cut in 1 inch circles. Place it on a greased baking tray and cover with a wet towel for 20 mins to double rise. Do note you get around 15-20 pieces.

Preheat oven at 175 C.

Give an egg wash and bake for 15 mins until golden.

Give a butter wash after taking out of the oven.

Serve warm.

Vegetarian option:

Instead of ham, use different coloured peppers or minced or sautéed tofu/soya/mushrooms . You can skip the egg wash and do just the butter wash.

Pinch of love ❤️ :

I made 2 batches of the pizza, one with half quantity whole wheat flour. I found it’s tasty but not as light, so I stuck to a full proof recipe of all purpose flour ! But do go ahead and make it with whole wheat if you are having it straight out of the oven ! You can change smoked ham to bacon bits, shredded chicken, minced prawn , sausage etc . Instead of cheese spread you can use Parmesan or any other cheese shavings too.

xoxo,

Sareeka ❤️

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