Savoury apple, cheddar and walnut pinwheels

Savoury apple, walnut and cheddar  pinwheels

These are a savoury variation on my previous bake – which were apple, almond and cinnamon buns. It has been a little while between this post and my last – the reason being that I have been in America on holiday and did not get any time for WordPress. So I’m making up for it now with cheese and bread and all things nice! These are very scrumptious as the small amount of apple provides a hint of sweetness which is mellowed out by the cheese and walnut.

Ingredients for the dough:

  • 380g strong white flour
  • 60g unsalted butter (melted and tepid to touch)
  • 140ml water
  • 1tsp salt
  • 2 eggs (or 100g of eggs)
  • 7g yeast

Ingredients for the filling:

  • 50g butter (melted)
  • 50g chopped walnuts
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped finely (can leave the skin on)
  • 120g grated cheddar

Instructions:

1) First, make the dough. Mix the dry ingredients for the dough together, making sure the salt does not directly touch the yeast.

2) Add the wet ingredients and mix until it roughly comes together.

3) Tip onto a clean surface and knead for 15 minutes or so, until the dough is soft, smooth and elastic.

4) Place into a bowl, and cover with cling film. Leave for about an hour to double in size. The timing will vary a bit depending on how warm the kitchen is.

5) Meanwhile, prepare the filling. In one bowl, have the grated cheddar ready; in a separate bowl have the melted butter ready; and in a third separate bowl mix the chopped walnuts with the chopped apple.

6) Once the dough is risen, tip on to a lightly floured surface and roll into a rectangle. Flip over a few times during rolling to ensure that it’s not sticking to the surface!

7) Brush on the melted butter using a pastry brush. Sprinkle over the nut/apple mix and then the cheese.

Savoury apple, cheddar and walnut pinwheels

8) Roll up the dough, starting with the long side. Press down gently on the seams to seal them.

Savoury apple, cheddar and walnut pinwheels Savoury apple, cheddar and walnut pinwheels Savoury apple, cheddar and walnut pinwheels

9) Slice into segments. To get good, clean cuts I use a gentle sawing motion with a sharp knife. Then, arrange on a lightly greased baking tray. Leave some space between each, as they need room to rise and expand. (pictures below are from before rising).

Savoury apple, cheddar and walnut pinwheels Savoury apple, cheddar and walnut pinwheels

10) Loosely cover with oiled cling film and let rise for approximately 45 minutes – depending on your kitchen temperature.

11) Finally, bake for about 25 minutes in a fan oven (middle shelf) preheated to 180C.

Why does cheese look sane? Because everyone else on the plate is crackers!

What cheese surrounds a castle? Moatzarella!

Thanks for reading and hope everyone had a great Christmas. :)!

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