I was looking forward to the Danish Week at Great British Bake Off. Especially after trying Thick Pancakes after seeing the recipe in a book about Hygge. I was in the mood for some apple pinwheels. When I saw the episode on catch-up after getting back from my holiday, I was disappointed to see the only challenge with danish pastry was the showstopper. That challenge was a bit strange. It is called a Kagekone and it is a replica of a girl (similar name for a boy) made out of pastry, decorated. When the head is chopped, people around have to scream. Sounds more appropriate for Halloween than a birthday party if you ask me. Anyway, I thought of creating Anne Boleyn in pastry, but I didn’t have the time.
As an alternative, I’ve made some Autumnal Apple Pinwheels. I might have been tempted to make my own puff pastry, as I never made it at home. But, after coming back from holiday I had many things to do, so I didn’t have the time. I buy lighter puff pastry and that is another reason why I prefer to buy instead of making, it has less fat.
Ingredients for 8 Apple Pinwheels:
– 1 roll of lighter ready made puff pastry
– 4 small green Apples
– 50g sugar
– 2 tsp cinnamon
– 25g walnuts
Start by making the filling. Wash, peel, and chop the apples. Put them in a saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir a couple of times. After those 5 minutes, add the sugar and the cinnamon and stir. Leave to cook for 10 more minutes, stirring from time to time. Take off the heat and cool down. The filling must be cold before making the apple pinwheels. When the filling is cold, add the chopped walnuts and mix.
Preheat the oven at 200C or 180C for fan ovens. Flatten the pastry roll on the worktop. Spread the apple filling evenly on the pastry using a knife. Roll the pastry as tight as possible. If you want, put the pastry in the fridge for around 10 minutes to harden a bit. Cut the pastry into 8 pieces and lay them flat on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake the pinwheels for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Take the baking tray out of the oven and leave the pinwheels to cool for a couple of minutes.
Transfer them and leave them to cool completely on a cooling wire. You can sprinkle a bit of icing sugar on them, when they care cold, before serving them.
PS. The feathers in the picture are shed by birds that come to my feeder in the garden, so they are cruelty-free.
Part of Bake Off Bake Along.