SPINACH & CHEESY CHICKEN PINWHEELS
( Eggless )
“Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!! “………………..Christmas Carols are in the air and just like the lyrics, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful….so let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.There was a potluck dinner at a friends place, I mused on what to cook to take for potluck, suddenly this thought crossed my mind, that I had long been postponing as a holiday dish…the Spinach & cheesy chicken pinwheels…..so I set about my baking while the carols drawled on,needless to say that is exactly how I felt this morning.It has been snowing like it would go out of fashion, this whole week, so cold & windy outside, yet the warm fires within my home is enough to keep the holiday cheer on.It is the season for baking and there is nothing as heartening as the smell of warm spicy baked goodies indoors , while the wind & snow is howling outside.Enjoy these little holiday treats as an appetizer for parties, or a warm wrapped lunch treat with all the yummy ingredients rolled into a swirl.
1.All purpose flour- 3 cups
2.Melted Butter- 3 tbsp
3.Yeast-1 1/2 tsp
4.Flax seed powder- 2 tsp
5. Warm milk- 1/2 cup
6.Salt- to taste
For the Filling;
1.Baby Spinach – 2 bunches
2.Minced Chicken- 1 cup
3.Mozarella cheese- 3 tbsp ( shredded)
4.Cinnamon powder- 1/2 tsp
5.Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp
6.Turmeric powder- a pinch
7.Black Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
8.Salt – to taste.
For the pastry:
1.Sieve the flour, add the butter & salt & set aside.
2.Meanwhile in a small bowl soak the flaxseed and yeast along with 2 tbsp of milk & let it ferment for a few minutes.
3.Now pour the above into the flour mix gently adding the warm milk along the side kneading it into a soft round ball.
4. Cover the bowl containing the dough with a wet cloth & let it rise for 30 minutes or so, hence keep it aside, while you prepare the filling.
For the filling:
1.Blanch the spinach by cooking it in hot boiling water.Drain the water & let it cool.
2. Clean & add the minced chicken to the spinach in a blender, along with all the other ingredients & make it into a fine paste.
For the Pinwheels:
1.Now roll the risen dough into a flat rectangular shape & then spread the spinach paste evenly on the inside.
2.Roll the dough up, until it forms a log shape, now with a floured knife gently cut into 2 cm thick slices.
3. Arrange it on a baking sheet on parchment paper ( If you use eggs , you can brush the sides & the surface with the egg mix just to give it a golden brown smooth finish, since my recipe was eggless & I used flax seed as an egg substitute, I gently brushed the sides with warm milk).
4.Pre-heat the oven at 300 degrees for 10 minutes before you set the baking tray in.
5.Bake the pinwheels for 20 – 25 minutes, making sure you give enough space between each one on the baking tray for them to expand.
5.Check if they are baked by inserting a toothpick, if it comes out clean the baking is done.
6.Remove from oven, place it on a cooling rack, serve when its warm.Makes a delicious appetizer , can be stored in the refrigerator to be warmed in the microwave later, makes a good lunch box menu too.Enjoy, your pinwheels, indoors or outdoors on the garden bench & watch the snow gently fall & wrap the earth in its magic.