Puff pastry pizza pinwheels have quickly become one of our go to weaning meals now that we’re firmly on the finger foods part of our baby led weaning journey. Once you’ve discovered the joys of puff pastry pinwheels or roll ups you’ll find them a quick, simple and delicious addition to the meal rota – perfect for lunchtimes whether you’re on the go or at home. These pizza pastry pinwheels form our simple base and from here we’ve been adding ingredients depending on what we’ve got in the fridge which makes them super flexible. Not that we mind them plain, pizza pastry pinwheels aren’t just for baby led weaning or toddlers, they’re great for all ages… even adults!
Roll Ups or Pinwheels?
Did you know that roll ups and pinwheels are the same thing? You can make a roll up or a pinwheel with either pastry or regular slices of bread. You cook the pastry (usually puff pastry) in the oven, and the bread ones are served cold. Usually you’ll find that the bread recipes are drier ingredients so that the sheets don’t go soggy. Here, our recipes are all referring to pastry roll ups or pinwheels. As for which term you should use, it’s entirely up to you. They taste delicious either way!
Recipe: Pizza Pastry Pinwheels
Pre-rolled puff pastry sheet
Small jar of tomato pasta sauce (we use Tesco no added sugar sauce) or tomato puree
Handful of grated cheddar cheese
Chopped up ham (optional – chop to roughly adult finger nail size)
Milk to brush on top (optional!)
- Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees (fan) and prepare a flat baking sheet.
- Unroll your pre-rolled puff pastry sheet keeping the non stick paper on it, use this so that your pastry doesn’t stick to your work surface. We used half a sheet of pastry at a time, storing the other half in the fridge until needed.
- Spoon a small amount of pasta sauce onto the pastry and spread it around until covered. You want it to be generously covered but not sloppy, particularly if using a pasta sauce. If using a thicker tomato base (such as pizza base or tomato puree) then you can spread this further as the flavour is more intense.
- Sprinkle on your chopped ham or other toppings if using.
- Lightly sprinkle oregano. We used roughly 1tsp to cover half a sheet of puff pastry.
- Cover with grated cheese – you don’t need too much as otherwise it will leak out once rolled.
- Take the long side of the pastry and start to roll it up on itself, giving you a long, thin sausage at the end. You want to keep it quite tightly rolled otherwise fillings will fall out.
- Using a sharp knife, cut your rolled pastry into discs every 2-3cm.
- Lay the pastry discs on your flat baking sheet. Don’t put them too closely together as they will puff out as you cook! Brush with milk if using – this helps them brown on top.
- Cook for 20 minutes or until crisp and golden. Remove from heat, allow to cool and enjoy!
For a simple weaning friendly meal, we like pairing ours with some cooked frozen mixed vegetables, perfect for little fingers to practice their fine motor skills and already chopped up for you!
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