Puff Pastry Pinwheels

My five year old daughter Beni first made pinwheels in a gardening and cooking lesson at school. Her prep class picked fresh herbs from the garden and used them to make this recipe. When I picked her up, that afternoon she couldn’t wait to tell me how yummy they were and how she wanted to make them for me. Naturally I was thrilled that she was keen to cook anything. We went straight from school to the shops to buy the ingredients. My mumma’s heart so was impressed as she remembered the names of the fresh herbs needed; oregano, basil, parsley (evidence that she loved eating her wares and and made a mental note of the essentials). When a child cooks something that other people enjoy, it builds such confidence in the kitchen. Since that day she has made pinwheels countless times. Even when our herb garden is looking a little sad they still taste great using dried herbs. A great first cooking adventure thanks to ‘Miss Anna.’

Puff Pastry Pinwheels- Cheese and herb


  • 3 tsp fresh or dried  herbs [oregano, parsley and basil]
  • 2 sheets of puff pastry
  • 1 cup of grated cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C while pastry defrosts.
  2. After pastry has defrosted, spread herbs evenly over the pastry and sprinkle cheese on top.
  3. Roll pastry up, slice into 8 pieces and place onto a tray lined with baking paper.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until pastry puffs up and cheese is golden.
  5. Wait for them to cool down and enjoy your pinwheels

Fresh herbs can be finely chopped. You can be more generous with fresh herbs too, as they shrink when cooked.

Kids in the kitchenPinwheels puff pastry

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