Ham and cheese pinwheels are a delicious party snack and the dough is made with only 2 ingredients! You can’t get easier than that.
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Ham and cheese pinwheels
Made in minutes with 2-ingredient dough – watch the magic happen!
Yes, that’s right, only 2 ingredients for the dough, and another 2 for the filling. That’s only 4 ingredients to make these delicious ham and cheese pinwheels.
The pinwheels are made with the WeightWatchers 2-ingredient dough. If you haven’t heard of this before, it is a mixture of Greek yoghurt and self-raising flour in equal quantities. Somehow (by magic?) the yeast in the yoghurt reacts with the flour to transform everything instantly into a ball of dough that would normally take hours to knead, prove and rise by making the dough in the traditional way.
These ham and cheese pinwheels make a delicious anytime snack. Serve on game day with a cold glass of beer, hand round at a party, or even have one for a quick breakfast. They are packed with ham and cheese, and the because the pastry is made with yoghurt instead of butter, they are low on calories.
One dough – many dishes
I love using this 2-ingredient dough, there is so much you can do with it –
- use it as a pizza base and add your favourite toppings
- add minced garlic to the basic dough and paint with melted garlic butter after baking for easy garlic dough-balls
- roll it into a thin sausage shape, cut into lengths and sprinkle with sesame seeds for crispy breadsticks
- you can even make koeksisters which are a sweet South African deep-fried delicacy, soaked in syrup
- and of course, you can make my favourite savoury treat – these delicious ham and cheese pinwheels.
You could also shape balls of dough into bread rolls, bake in the oven and then fill with left-over bolognaise sauce for a quick and easy supper dish. Why not try Curried Dough Balls they taste just like Vetkoek and Curried Mince but without all the effort.
Ingredients for ham and cheese pinwheels
Whenever I read a recipe I like to have a look at the ingredients to see whether I have everything I need. To make it easy for you – I’ve listed the ingredients below. You can get the full list of ingredients and instructions to make this recipe on the printable recipe card further down in the post.
For the dough:
- 1 cup self-raising flour – if you only have plain flour, add 2 level teaspoons of baking powder per cup of flour.
- 1 cup Greek yoghurt – the thick unflavoured variey, not fruit- flavoured.
For the filling:
- Grated cheese – I’ve used a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella. You can use your own favourite cheese here.
- Slices of ham – sandwich ham is fine.
Why not try these alternative fillings
- Spicy tomato sauce layered with salami and cheese
- Split open some good quality pork sausages and mix with 2 tablespoons of mustard
- A mixture of grated cheese and onion
- Sundried tomatoes, grated cheese and sliced mushrooms, with a sprinkling of mixed herbs
How to make ham and cheese pinwheels
Mix the dough
- Measure one cup of self-raising flour into a mixing bowl and add one cup Greek yoghurt. You need the thick, unflavoured Greek Yoghurt, not the fruity flavoured yoghurt.
- Mix with a wooden spoon until it comes together in a ball.
You could do this in a food processor, using the dough hook – but then there would be extra washing up and to be honest, the dough comes together beautifully when you just mix it by hand so I don’t bother with the food processor.
- Once it’s mixed, the dough will be quite sticky so you may (or probably will) need to sprinkle some extra flour before rolling it out. Don’t worry – this is a very forgiving recipe – you don’t need to be too precise – a little extra flour won’t hurt.
- The dough should be very soft.
- Sprinkle your work surface with a little extra flour.
- Take half of the dough and roll it out into a large rectangle. Roll it out quite thinly as it will swell during baking.
Add the ham and cheese filling
- Cover with a mixture of grated mozzarella and cheddar cheese, and slices of ham.
- Be generous with the filling, but at the same time, be careful not to overfill or you will have trouble rolling the dough into a sausage shape.
Tip – leave about 1″ of pastry uncovered at one side of the rectangle so you have a bit of pastry free to seal the pinwheel.
Roll the pinwheels
- Brush the uncovered edge of pastry with egg wash. Starting at the opposite edge, roll everything up into a long sausage shape, towards the egg-washed side.
- Seal the roll on the egg-washed side and then slice into pinwheels.
- Repeat the process with the other half of the dough.
Bake the pinwheels
- Arrange the pinwheels on a baking sheet lined with greased tinfoil or baking paper. Leave about 3cm between each pinwheel, as they spread during baking. Bake in a hot oven for about 20 minutes.
- Allow to cool slightly before serving.
- I like to serve them whilst they are still warm, but they are just as delicious served at room temperature.
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Recipe – Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
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- 1 cup Self-raising flour
- 1 cup Greek yoghurt
- 8 – 10 Slices Ham for filling
- 1 cup Grated cheese I like a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella
- Extra flour for rolling
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. (400 degrees F / gas mark 6)
- Line a baking sheet with tinfoil or baking parchment. If using tinfoil, spray lightly with cooking spray to prevent sticking
- Sift the flour into a bowl and add the yoghurt
- Mix well with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together in a ball. If the mixture is too sticky you can add extra flour (1 tablespoon at a time) until the desired consistency is reached
- Sprinkle the work surface with a little extra flour and roll the dough into a rectangle shape.
- Place the slices on ham on the dough and sprinkle with grated cheese
- Roll into a sausage shape and then cut into pinwheel slices
- Place onto the prepared baking tray.
- Place into the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until golden.
I am not a nutritionist. The nutrition information has been calculated using an on-line calculator, and is intended for information and guidance purposes only. If the nutrition information is important to you, you should consider calculating it yourself, using your preferred tool.
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