These Prosciutto Gruyère Pinwheels are an exquisite appetizer made with premium store-bought puff pastry! SO easy and your guests will only leave crumbs!!
I tested these with homemade puff pastry, also known as pâte feuilletée, too, but with the effort required, don’t bother unless making a laminated dough is on your bucket list. Add this to your list of appetizers to make when company is coming and you don’t want to break a sweat. I’m someone who will ask for the recipe, so make a couple of copies in advance!!
Prosciutto Gruyère Pinwheels
A group of my fabulous friends likes to gather in my kitchen and watch me bake. I teach what I know, we gab, we laugh, we eat! We’ve sampled different butters while baking bread, compared chocolate to cocoa brownies, and made a complex trifle and buche de noel.
My weekend project was homemade puff pastry, so I decided to invite my bake along group over to compare homemade puff pastry with a premium store-bought brand. This simple, yet elegant recipe for pinwheels was perfect for this taste test. I would make two batches, one with my puff pastry and one with Dufour.
Since the unsliced rolls can sit in the fridge for a couple of days, I saved the leftovers to bake for a party the next night. And I still had 2 pounds of leftover puff pastry, so I also baked two Maple Glazed Apple Tarts, one of my favorite breakfasts for company.
The consensus was that these Prosciutto Gruyère Pinwheels are a stellar make-ahead appetizer no matter which pastry you choose…
For puff pastry
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/4 cups cake flour
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups ice water
- 1 pound very cold, unsalted butter
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of 17.3 ounce package), thawed or 8 ounces homemade puff pastry
- 4 ounces prosciutto
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- 3/4 cup freshly grated Gruyère cheese, packed
- 1 egg, beaten to blend
To make puff pastry:
- In a food processor, pulse together dry ingredients to mix. Add water and pulse till dough comes together in a ball. Shape dough into a ball and slash the top in a tic-tac-toe pattern with a sharp knife. Wrap dough with a damp towel and refrigerate for 5 minutes.
- Place the butter between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a rolling pin to form a 1 inch thick square. Unwrap chilled dough and place on flour dusted work surface. Roll into a 10-inch square. Roll out each corner of square to make "ears" or flaps. Place butter in center of dough and fold flaps over butter, stretching to overlap and completely encase butter. You should have a 8 inch square.
- Press the rolling pin against top and bottom of square. Then roll out to a length of 24 inches, not worrying about the width of the rectangle. Try to get a very even layer of butter sandwiched between the dough. Keep work surface dusted well with flour, but brush off excess before folding.
- To make first "turn," fold the rectangle into thirds: up from the bottom and down from the top. Brush off excess flour. First turn is now complete.
- Rotate the dough so that the closed fold is to your left. Repeat the rolling and folding...rolling to a length of 24 inches, then folding into thirds. This is the second turn.
- If the dough is oozing butter at this point (mine was!), it is time to chill the dough. Wrap well and put in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes. After cooling time, make two more turns, return to refrigerator for 30-60 minutes, then make the final two turns. The total number of turns needed is 6. Let puff pastry chill at least an hour before using.
Yield: 2 1/2 pounds
To make pinwheels:
- Place puff pastry on work surface, lightly dusted with flour. Cut in half, forming two 9 1/2 x 4 3/4 inch rectangles. Arrange half of prosciutto on one rectangle, leaving an empty border of 1/2 inch along one side. Sprinkle with half the basil, then half the cheese. Brush border with beaten egg. Starting at end opposite of border, roll up like a jelly roll. Press to seal long edges. Repeat with second pastry sheet. Refrigerate at least 3 hours and up to 2 days.
- Preheat oven to 400º. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut rolls into 1/2 inch slices. Arrange on baking sheets leaving a 1 inch space between rounds. Bake 16 minutes, till golden brown. It works best baking one sheet at a time. Cool slightly on racks. Serve warm.
Serving Size:2 pinwheels
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 479Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 731mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 9g