Thursday, January 12, 2012

11 grain Mixed Berry Jalapeno Cheese-Popper Pinwheels

 This is really crazy, but I have to share spirit. I'm not sharing in real life. They are mine.  These are the most ridiculously divine sweet-savory pinwheels I've ever decided to set forth in foodie form. There. There's the word. I'm sure in the future there will be amazing things...but today, this one is the one that makes my sweet little chef heart go pitter-de-patter. Yeah. Chef hearts have a little "de" in the middle of the pitter-patter. It's like our personal pause for effect. 
To make these whole grain love bombs, you'll need 1/2 batch of the 11 Grain Molasses Bread. When the dough has raised and is ready to form into loaves, lightly flour a counter-top and roll dough out to 1/2 inch thickness in a rectangle. Usually I go for about 24 inches by 18 inches. 

You will need:
1 cup naturally sweetened mixed berry jam. ( I use homemade freezer jam)
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1 cup cheddar or mozzarella cheese
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and chopped fine. 

Spread the jam over the rectangle, leaving a 1 inch margin around the outside of the dough. 
 Spread with cheese. 
 Roll up the dough tightly and pinch the seam. Turn seam side down and cut with a sharp knife into 24 slices.
 Place slices onto a parchment lined baking sheet, 1-2 inches apart.
Allow to raise until doubled, about 1 1/2 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly sprinkle with a little sea salt before baking. That's the magic step. Lightly salted.  Bake 25-30 minutes. While still warm you may spread with a thin layer of butter or garlic infused olive oil to add some extra sheen. That of course is totally optional but I'm telling you in the name of all that's can't go wrong with a kiss of garlic olive oil. 
Boom-chicka-waaaa-waaaa! Check them out! Imagine me snapping my fingers and moving my head back and forth in a very sassy manner right now. 

There you go. Make some rockin' Berry-jalepeno-popper pinwheels. See how cool you sound just saying that recipe name 10 times fast. 

Always My Very Best,
Your Friend Chef Tess


LiahonaGirl said...

These look great. I think they would be good with pepper jams/jellies too. I made raspberry-jalapeno in 2010 and still have some. Will have to try it.

Chef Tess said...

Oh yum!! The jam would be really fast too! Great idea!!