Next week is going to be total madness! If you have children in school and activities you, like me, are about to be neck-deep in parties. Not to mention work parties, neighborhood parties, and other festivities! In two days, we have four parties and need to bring something to each of them. What can I make that does not require too much time, can feed lots of people, and does not cost a small fortune? These pinwheels!
First, let the puff pastry defrost in the refrigerator for a couple hours. Then sprinkle flour on your work surface and unfold the puff pastry. Spread whatever you want on the inside. I used nutella in one, and apple butter in the other.
Puff pastry is rectangular; roll it up starting at one of the shorter ends. Wrap it in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for about an hour. It needs to be firm so it’s easier to cut into slices. You could prep this in the morning and then leave in the freezer until you are ready to bake.
When you are ready preheat the oven to 375, and remove the rolls from the freezer. Slice into 1/4″ slices and place on a cookie sheet. Let them sit for a few minutes before placing them in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes, until golden brown. Keep an eye on them. Take out of the oven and place let them cool. These will stay good for a couple days in an airtight container. Each sheet of puff pastry will make about 40 pinwheels, and plan on 4 – 6 per person.
You can get so creative with the filling. You could use a fruit preserve, melted chocolate, nuts, cream cheese, cheese and herbs. Whatever combination you are looking for will be great! Both kids and adults will enjoy this appetizer.