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Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Pinwheels

So me and my daughter hosted a costume party before Halloween for her friends and their moms. With kids in costumes being the star attraction, we had a variety of fun foods like chips and salsa, raspberry and blueberry cake squares, pumpkin pie, candy corn, cup cakes, orange cookies and Halloween Pinwheels.

The recipe for this kind of pastry based snack can be found  very easily on the internet, I just gave it my personal twist by adding some orange bell pepper keeping in mind the occasion.

Here goes the recipe, pretty simple to make and a very very popular party food, in my opinion.

Pastry sheets – 2
Paneer (cottage cheese) – 2 cups
Orange bell pepper – 1 large
Dry mango powder – ½ tsp
Chopped cilantro – ½ cup
Oil – 1 tsp
Chat masala – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Cumin powder – ¼ tsp
Red chili powder – ¼ tsp

Defrost the pastry sheets on the counter top as per packet directions. Crumble Paneer, add all the dry spices, mix well and keep it aside. Heat oil in a skillet and stir fry diced bell pepper for a minute. Add cilantro and Paneer and turn the heat off. Mix everything and let it cool.

Take a flat utensil and spread some all purpose flour on it evenly. Lay pastry sheet on it and brush the top also with the same flour. Spread the Paneer and bell pepper mixture s needed on the sheet and gently roll it. Dab a little water on the edge and sides and seal them by pressing in.

Take a sharp knife and cut even sized rounds. Place them on a greased baking tray. Pre heat the oven to 400 F and back for about 20 minutes or till they are done.

Although it is recommended that the Halloween Pinwheels be served warm, I enjoyed them even long after the guests were gone.

Serving suggestions
·         With ketchup/Salsa

·         You can add any color bell pepper and this snack will still taste wonderful.

  Interesting fact
·         China is the world‘s largest pepper producer followed by Mexico.  

These baked treats are going to and