Gluten free pinwheels are now on my eat at every meal list. I couldn't remember the last time I ate one of these. That is, before I converted this to a gluten free recipe. Now I am so happy that I can make these anytime!
Make the best gluten free dough
Caputo Flour: For this recipe I used Caputo Gluten Pizza Flour (This is an amazon affiliate link). This flour has a gluten free wheat starch. If you are also allergic to or avoiding wheat this won't work for you.
All Purpose Gluten Free Flour: I also tested this recipe with King Arthur's Gluten Free All Purpose flour. With the addition of psyllium husk, they tasted amazing! More like a whole wheat version of the dough, but still the texture and taste was so good. I will include those instructions below.
Grain Free: I haven't tried making these grain free yet. But I think if you used a grain free cinnamon roll recipe you could pull it off. Try the dough in this recipe from Nom Nom Paleo.
Egg Free and Vegan: You can make this recipe vegan by swapping out the eggs and using psyllium husk gel. See below for instructions on how to make this.
Fillings for the Gluten Free Pinwheels
In Guyana, pinwheels are typically made with ground beef or shredded chicken breasts. Honestly you can stuff them with anything.
- Beef: Ground Beef or even shredded steak works
- Chicken: I'v done ground chicken and shredded chicken breasts. I prefer the ground chicken. It's less work.
- Vegetables: Green peas, carrots, broccoli and mushrooms sautéed together with onions, garlic and all the other ingredients works really well.
- Breakfast Sausage: I used breakfast sausage instead of the ground beef for an easy grab and go breakfast. They were a hit!
Using Psyllium Husk as a binder
While testing a version of this recipe I used psyllium husk and water to make a gel. I learned this from The Loopy Whisk's Cookbook and I am forever grateful! The difference it made with the dough for the all purpose gluten free flour was unbelievable.
Use this to make your egg free dough as well. It is a fantastic binder. The psyllium husk does make it taste very much like whole wheat bread but I don't mind that. One adverse effect of using the psyllium however, if the amount of fiber it contains. It is the stuff they use in Metamucil. This is TMI, but a good clean out after eating so many of these gluten free pinwheels.
Gluten Free Pinwheel
- ½ cup coconut milk warmed to 110 °F
- ½ cup warm water about 110 °F
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 egg optional
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- 3 cups Caputo Gluten Free Flour or All Purpose Gluten Free Flour approximately 13.6 ounces
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons Psyllium Husk
- 1 ¼ cups Water
- 1 lb lean ground also called mince beef
- 1 tablespoon Avocado oil
- 1 small onion finely diced
- 4 cloves garlic grated
- ¼ Coconut aminos
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
- 1 teaspoon of Iodized sea salt
- ¾ Cup Ketchup
- ½ lb Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese Shredded
Make the Dough
- Combine the warm coconut milk and water in a small bowl, then add the coconut sugar and mix together until it dissolve
- Next, add the yeast then mix together well. Set aside in a warm place and allow the yeast to bloom. This should take about 5-8 minutes
- If using psyllium gel, combine the psyllium husk and water and set aside for about 5 minutes until a gel forms
- Then in a separate bowl combine the flour and salt and mix together well. Then make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the bloomed yeast, egg (If using), psyllium husk (If using) and melted coconut
- Mix together well, using a rubber spatula or your finger tips until a soft dough ball forms. Then place in a greased bowl, cover and let rest until the dough doubles in size, this should take approximately 1 hour.
- Bring oil up to temperature in a skillet on high heat. Then add the diced onions and cook until soft and a little translucent.
- Next, add the ground beef, grated garlic, salt, about 4 tablespoons of ketchup, mustard, thyme and coconut aminos and sauté until the ground beef is fully cooked
- Then remove from the heat, set aside and allow to cool completely
Shaping the pinwheels
- Once dough has doubled in size, turn onto a floured surface and roll dough out to about ½ inch thickness
- Then spread the cooked, cooled ground beef evenly onto dough then add ¾ of shredded cheese evenly over the ground beef
- Brush the edges of the dough with some warm water, then roll dough into a log
- Next, seal the ends then seal ends by pinching them together. Then cut the log into cut into 1 inch pieces. Place each pinwheel on a greased baking sheet, then top each piece with swirls of ketchup, then the remaining shredded cheese
- Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap and rest the pinwheels for 45 minutes before baking.
Baking the pinwheels
- Preheat oven to 350 °F
- Bake on the middle rack for 25 to 30 minutes
- Then remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving
- Leave a ½ inch space at the edge around the dough so that it be properly sealed.
- Ketchup is the secret ingredient in these pinwheels. Similar to how it is the secret
- To make this recipe egg free, just skip the egg and use the psyllium husk gel instead!