Tomato Basil Pinwheels
My first experiences in the kitchen were of the baking kind. I’d get up early and make some kind of sweet coffee cake or cinnamon buns on Sunday morning to make my family happy. All I remember was that I was about ten when I started the ritual.
Baking became addictive for me, although I’ve since changed from sweet baked goods to preferring everything savory.
I’ve posted on three savory yeast breads on this blog – Chili Pecan Buns, Pesto Pinwheels, and Bread for Cheese. They’re just so much fun to create, and no recipe is required.
I happened to have a chunk of Comté, and decided to use it in a yeasted bread, along with sun-dried tomatoes, and make them in the style of cinnamon buns, much like the pesto pinwheels. Simple, yet delicious. By themselves, with a soup, stew, or just as a basic savory bread to serve with dinner.
So, I’m not writing down an exact recipe, because I like the idea of encouraging my readers who are novice cooks to come up with their own versions of recipes customized to their specific tastes. Don’t like sun-dried tomatoes? Use feta and olives instead! Or nuts!
But I’ll tell you what I did. And if you don’t make your own bread dough, you can make these rolls with purchased pizza dough.
Tomato Basil Pinwheels
Comté or Gruyère or Fontina, approximately 8 ounces
1 – 8.5 ounce jar sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained
1 lb. bread dough or pizza dough, risen at least once
Olive oil, about 2 tablespoons
Dried Basil, about 1 tablespoon
Cayenne pepper flakes, optional.
Approximately 1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan
First grate the cheese you’re using.
Then place the sun-dried tomatoes in a colander to drain the oil. The product I used was julienned tomatoes packed in oil with Italian herbs.
My dough weighed exactly 16 ounces when it was ready to roll.
Roll out the dough to a rectangle, approximately 16″ in length by 10″ in width. First add a drizzle of olive oil, and top with the cheese.
Add the drained sun-dried tomatoes, and then the basil and cayenne pepper flakes, to taste.
Roll up the dough lengthwise, keeping it tight. Snip off the ends if necessary.
Slice down through the log, making even pieces, and place then spiral side up and down on a cookie sheet. Mine were about 2″ thick. The pinwheels don’t have to touch. Also, you could use a baking dish instead to contain them, or even muffin tins.
Let the pinwheels rise for at least 45 minutes while the oven is preheating to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Sprinkle them with the finely-grated Parmesan, and put the cookie sheet in the oven.
Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes; they should be golden brown on the tops.
My husband ate some for lunch. With nothing else! Oh, and he doesn’t like sun-dried tomatoes.
I’m very happy that I made these pinwheels.
I’d love those for lunch … or for aperitivo in the evening with a glass of prosecco or wine! Lovely recipe.
yes! they’re a perfect little snack!
Those are about the most creative rolls I’ve ever seen. Very nice combination…and my husband doesn’t like sun dried tomatoes either. Are you sure we’re not married to the same guy?
hahahahaha! only if yours hates anything vinegary!!!
I use puff pastry to make these yummy appetizers – this is new version which I will have to make and add to my collection :)
So wonderful with puff pastry! Of course, anything is wonderful in puff pastry!!!
I’ve made rolled breads stuffed with cheese and various ‘goodies’ but I never thought of turning them into pinwheels – I LOVE IT!! And what a great idea to serve at parties – or for lunch etc. Yummy!
Thanks! They’re just a little more fun than a roll!
Oh these are wonderful! Comte cheese is one of my favorites. What a great idea, sort of like little rolled up pizza’s. I love your green plate!
It is a fabulous cheese! Thank you!
Baking on a Sunday morning sounds like a lovely tradition. It’s served you well, these pinwheels look totally mouthwatering.
Thank you so much. That’s very sweet!
What a great idea! I had never thought of making bread pinwheels before, I’ve usually done them out of flour tortillas. I bet this was so good!
They’re just so much better than a basic roll!
These savoury pinewheels look amazing and delicious!
Thank you so much!
How fun and think of how many people you can free up from using canned biscuit dough for recipes like this! I make a braided bread filled with things in my fridge that reminds me a bit of this…
I love just searching my fridge for goodies!!!
Craving an almost midnight snack! These look so delicious and I bet awesome hot out of the oven.
Definitely! Nothing like bread just out of the oven!
Very nice, Mimi, almost liked rolled up pizza! I love that you used good cheese for this, which makes all the difference.
It definitely does!
Yum, I love gruyere. Muffin tins are a great tip! Thanks for posting.
wow, beautifull artwork bread, simply damn delicious !!!
Who doesn’t like sun-dried tomatoes? I guess no one after they try these. :-)