Thursday, October 3, 2013

Italian Cheese and Herb Pinwheels Bread (THB)

I remember...

... more than a year ago on 7 June 2012 when I baked my first The Home Bakers cake, Pear Pinwheel and Hazelnut Cake.

The Home Bakers (THB) is an baking event organised by my friend, Joyce from Kitchen Flavours. With a group of gorgeous ladies, we are baking all recipes from the book, "Coffee Cakes" by Lou Seibert Pappas until every recipe from this book has been baked.

Time files. This Italian Cheese and Herb Pinwheel Bread is now our 25th THB bake and this THB recipe is chosen by me (Bake for Happy Kids). Co-incidentally, both recipes that I chose are pinwheel kind of bakes.

Baking with THB is fun. Although some that I baked were not as good as I expected, some like Gruyère Brioche Braided Bread, Cranberry Pecan Orange Cake and Danish Chocolate Streusel Swirled Bread were extremely delicious and well-received!

For an extra bit of fun, I remember pledging to bake like a retro-style home baker on my first THB bake. Silly me! - LOL! So far, I have been baking most of my THB cakes using my "retro" wooden spoon but wouldn't recommend or use a wooden spoon to bake this recipe. Due to its high liquid content, this bread recipe is expected to yield a sticky and messy bread dough and I reckon using an electric mixer or a breadmaker would definitely do a better job.

The word, pinwheel reminds a lot of Spring, fun and innocence of a child playing in the sun. I chose this recipe because of the current season, Spring and my son. I know that my son will love this pinwheel-cheerful-looking cheesy bread and glad that my innocent child did. Do you?


Italian cheese and herb pinwheels
The Italian cheeses that I have used
Making pinwheel breads
Ready to bake these breads...
Happy to see these beautiful breads!
Happy too to enjoy these!

Being part the rule of this event, only the host of the chosen bake can include the recipe in her blog post and the host of this specific bake happens to be me.

And, so here's the recipe from the book, Coffee Cakes by Lou Seibert Pappas
(with my notes and modification in blue) 

Makes 2 large loaves
(Half of this recipe makes 6 smaller breads)

1 package active dry yeast (half: 1 tsp)
The dried parsley that I used
Pinch of sugar, plus 2 tbsp (half: 1 tbsp)
1 cup warm water (105° to 115°F) (half: 1/2 cup)
1 tsp salt (half: 1/2 tsp)
3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 
(half: 200g bread + 60g Italian "OO" flour)
4 large eggs
(half: 1 1/2 egg + 1/2 egg yolk for egg wash)
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, or 8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
(half: 60g butter)
3/4 cup (3 ounces) grated romano or Parmesan cheese
(half: 50g Parmesan, partial finely grated and partial roughly crumbled)
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Asiago cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
(half: substitute Asiago and Monterey Jack with about 100g young Pecorino cheese, roughly crumbled)
1/2 cup mixed minced fresh Italian parsley, basil, chives, and oregano (half: for a milder taste, I've used about 1 tsp dried parsley)

Lightly oil 2 rimmed baking sheets.

In a large bowl, sprinkle the yeast and the pinch of sugar over the warm water. Stir to dissolve and let stand until foamy, about 10 mins.

Add 2 tbsp sugar, salt, and 1 cup of the flour; beat well with a wooden spoon or a heavy-duty electric mixer. Add 3 of the eggs, one at a time, and beat until smooth. Beat in the olive oil or butter and gradually add enough of the remaining 2 1/2 cups flour to make a soft dough. Turn out on a floured board. Knead until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 mins. Place in an oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp tea towel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hrs.

Instead of using an electric mixer, I've placed all my ingredients (except the cheese and herbs) into my bread-maker and use "dough" setting to knead and prove the bread dough for 1 hr and keep the dough overnight in the fridge.

Turn out onto a floured board. Knead lightly until smooth, 1 or 2 mins, and divide in half (I have divided 6 portions for half amount of the recipe). Roll out each piece into a rectangle about 10 by 16 inches (or small rectangle shapes).

In a small bowl, beat the remaining egg and blend in the cheeses and herbs. - I didn't add any egg and herbs into my cheese filling. Spread cheese filling evenly over each dough rectangle. Roll each up firmly, starting from a long side. Place one loaf on each of the prepared pans, seam side down. With clean scissors, snip each loaf at 1 1/4 - inch intervals, cutting three-fourths of the way through the dough. Pull and twist each cut piece to lie flat on an alternate side (to form a shape of a pinwheel). Cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about l 1/2 hrs.

Preheat the oven to 350°F (or 160°C fan forced). Bake the loaves for 30 to 35 mins (25 mins for my small breads), or until they are golden brown and sound hollow when thumped. Let cool on the pans for 10 mins, then transfer from the pans to wire racks. Serve warm or at room temperature, cut into slices.

This post is linked to The Home Bakers. To see the other THB members' bakes, please go to THB website

THB with a retro look - Happy Baking!

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58 comments:

  1. Good Morning Zoe, The bread look so very yummy! May i have 1 pc for my breakfast ? Hi .... hi .... Thanks.

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  2. Morning,take one bread for breakfast:D

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  3. Hi Zoe , Evening here , I will take one or two breads for dinner , so delicious and yummy , thanks for sharing :) .

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  4. This looks gorgeous, Zoe. I'm drooling just thinking about biting into one :)

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  5. oh wow! looks really yummy and delish! i hope im just as creative as you are when it comes to baking, i dont have talent at all :)

    thanks for dropping by my blog zoe!
    REAlity Bites

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  6. What a beautiful bread! I love the pinwheel shape. They look cheesy and delicious! :)

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  7. Good choice, Zoe. Pinwheels always remind me of Spring too. whenever I think of Pinwheels though in baking, I think of those cookies they call pinwheel cookies usually two different cookie doughs rolled together I think:) I'm not much of a baker and when it comes to bread, I wouldn't know the difference between using a wooden spoon or a bread machine, lol...something tells me I should get over my ohobia quickly because I would just love to bake such festive deliciousness.

    Thank you so much for sharing, Zoe...

    P.S. I'm having a Pizza Party over at my blog. I hope you will be able to join us.

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  8. Just visit Joyce and now your place :) A lot of cheeses on top. Looks yummy!

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  9. Lovely pinwheel buns! The dough was really very sticky and my loaf ended up in a terrible mess sigh.

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  10. Hi Zoe, your Italian pinwheel buns are so incredible, and super delicious! Anything you bake; especially yeasted dough...you make it look so easy; yet, they are not that easy to make for average 'yeast bakers' like myself! Totally droolworthy, delicious! xo

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  11. Wow, the shape and texture are super!

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  12. Im now starving after looking at these pinwheels! I LOVE BREAD!
    www.prettybitchescancooktoo.com

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  13. It looks so cute! Really great snack! :)

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  14. yummy and lovely pinwheel bread...

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  15. looks delicious....just mouthwatering!

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  16. Hi, Zoe. Your pinwheel looks like a beautiful flower to me!

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  17. what a fluffy bun!!!! just like those you see in bakeries!

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  18. Love the fun looking pinwheel buns! Soft and fluffy buns with lots of cheese, yummy!

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  19. Hi Zoe,
    I really wish cheeses are more affordable here, there's so many to try out there, but there's always budget! Have heard of pecorino in recipes, and would love to try it!
    This bread is very good, it was gone real quick in my house! Haha!
    You've picked an awesome bake!

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    1. Joyce , I can relate re price of cheeses here *sigh*

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  20. Yummy, beautifully shaped pinwheels!

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  21. It's got beautiful colour and sounds very tasty...

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  22. Wow, what a pretty pinwheel bread! It looks so soft and yummy, I love all the cheeses and mixed herbs in here, Looks like so much fun to make, thanks for sharing Zoe :)

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  23. Hi Zoe,I love the beautiful flower shape of your buns, well done :_

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  24. Hi Zoe, this bread look so fluffy & yummy. Btw, I used alot of Masterfoods products too..

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  25. I can imagine when these buns were in the oven, your whole house were full of cheese aroma!

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  26. Oh my - this does look good. You always make me feel hungry!!

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  27. Zoe, I'm so glad you posted this because it reminded me of your pear pinwheel cake. I'm going to make that sometime soon! (Or maybe I'll make an apple version of it.) :)

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  28. Those look delicious. Thank you for visiting my blog. I am following you back.

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  29. Thats a gorgeous bread. looks so yum

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  30. Since I'm hardly a baker, my pinwheels are mostly made from tortillas. Your bread is so inspiring!

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  31. Beautiful bread you got there and thanks for the info on the cheese you used.

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  32. Beautiful n soft buns n yes that's nice looking timber!!

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  33. Yum Yum Yum.. you are so creative..

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  34. Hi Zoe,
    These cheese buns look absolutely fun and delicious!
    All the cheeses you are using are always my fav to try with. Like Joyce mention the cheeses over here are very pricey..:p
    mui

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  35. Ooo I like your timber backdrop... how nice if I can get something like tht custom made for myself here. Better get my hubby to work then! :P

    Lovely bread.. looks so deliciously soft as always!

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  36. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe! :)

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  37. This DeFiNaTeLy will be my favourite. I have not tried making bread because I find it very tedious. Seeing you and others bloggers makes me want to think over it. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

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  38. Zoe, I love how your pinwheel bread looks. It's so pretty :) So glad to hear that this recipe is awesome and delicious!! I bet your bread was snapped up in no time ;)

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  39. These look so cute, I love the pinwheel style :D
    And delicious favour, cheese and herbs are awesome!

    Cheers
    CCU

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  40. ooo, loving the pretty windwhirl! and totally agreeing with you on how electric mixers are such lifesavers when it comes to messy, sticky dough!

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  41. I did notice that handsome background! Even though I was super distracted by this great bread. Really lovely stuff - thanks so much.

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  42. What a coincidence. I saw these recently except they used sausages instead of cheese and planned to make 'em. Either way I am sure the kids will just gobble them up.

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  43. Wow! You've baked this pinwheel so lovely & appetizing! Great pick, Zoe & we love this cheesy bread . Just baked mine yesterday & it does not look as nice as yours . I was a bit worried for the 2nd proofing as it double in size .... a huge loaf!!! LOL You'll get what I mean when you see mine! :p

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  44. Hi Zoe! Wow, you're totally right, it's been a long time. I'm so happy to see that your blog is still going and that you're still baking up all these amazing sweets. I switched over to Wordpress a while back and it's been challenging but fun as well. There is way to much HTML stuff with Wordpress that there wasn't with blogger, so my friend has to help me anytime I want to add something new to the blog, but I'm slowly getting the feel for things. These pinwheels look amazing and they would pair so well with this wedding soup that I make. :) xoxo, Jackie

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  45. Thanks Zoe! Looks great and so glad you like the boards. Sally x

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  46. going to be late to bake this one...and probably just go with cheddar cheese :)

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  47. Your pinwheel looks amazing. I feel inspired to try it out. Only hope I will be able to make them. Could you give some step wise pictures so that novices like me can follow :-)

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    1. Hi Sunita,

      These are all the pictures that I have for this bake. I'm sorry that I can't provide any more pictures than these.

      Zoe

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  48. wish I have more time to bake things like this... meanwhile I ll just have to drool at yours... ;)

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  49. Hi Zoe, am super excited. Made them today and though not as lovely as yours, they look super cute. Am stoked!! Thanks. Will send you a link on my post when I blog about it.

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  50. Zoe, though I am not much of a cheese fan, I can't help admiring your buns!

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  51. Bellissimi questi panini!!!Li ho visti su Pinterest e me ne sono subito innamorata!!AAHH!! io sono italiana !Domani li rifaccio grazie mille e passa a salutarmi nel mio blog di ricette tutte italiane! un caro saluto Laura

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