While I’m stroking some pet peeves, may I tee off for a moment on recipes that don’t give you a list of ingredients up front, but make you pick them out of the instructions? I realize magazines often do that to save space and create a cute layout, but how often do you miss an ingredient?
And let’s not even talk about recipes that say “scoop” without saying how much, or bake until golden brown, without giving you an idea how long that might take.
This recipe makes 18 pinwheels, which may tempt you to use just one sheet of puff pastry and make nine. Except that it calls for 8 ounces of cream cheese, which comes in 8 and 3 ounce packages. Sigh. So make eighteen and share. Or have a party.
Use any jam or jelly you like. I used unsweetened apricot jam from a friend’s orchard in half the pinwheels; Mr. Right was skeptical, but the cream cheese mixture was sweet enough to make it yummy. On the other half, we used local huckleberry preserves, and are still drooling. (We are huckleberry hounds.) You'll see that a few will spring apart, despite your best efforts to pinch the pastry together. Eat those first. (On close inspection of the nameless magazine where I found the original recipe, I see that a few of theirs sprung open, too. So there.)
Now that I’ve fixed the flaws in this recipe, I can tell you these pinwheels are yummy, easy, and pretty. What more can a girl ask for? (Diamonds, a convertible, a spot on the NY Times bestseller list? A personal chef? Take your pick!)
To celebrate the release on October 4 of KILLING THYME, the 3d Seattle Spice Shop Mystery, I’m giving away TWO signed copies of the 2d installment, GUILTY AS CINNAMON. Leave a comment below to enter.
Congratulations to Peg Cochran on today's release of NO FARM, NO FOUL, first in the Farmer's Daughter series, and Cleo Coyle, on the paperback release of DEAD TO THE LAST DROP, the fifteenth Coffeehouse Mystery!
Jam Pinwheels2 sheets puff pastry, thawed
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
about 6 tablespoons jam or jelly
1 egg, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay out the puff pastry. Cut each sheet into 9 squares, cutting down the fold lines and then across. Cut 1" slits in from each corner, leaving the center of the square intact. Place squares on baking sheets, lightly sprayed or lined with parchment paper or silicone baking sheets.
Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla.
Scoop about 1 tablespoon into the center of each pastry square. Make an indent in the cream cheese, with a spoon dipped in flour. Top with 1 teaspoon jam or jelly. Fold the 4 corners into the center and tug on them slightly to pinch them together. Brush the pastry with the beaten egg.
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At Seattle Spice in the Pike Place Market, owner Pepper Reece is savoring her business success, but soon finds her plans disrupted by a killer…
Pepper Reece’s to-do list is longer than the shopping list for a five-course dinner, as she conjures up spice blends bursting with seasonal flavor, soothes nervous brides fretting over the gift registry, and crosses her fingers for a rave review from a sharp-tongued food critic. Add to the mix a welcome visit from her mother, Lena, and she’s got the perfect recipe for a busy summer garnished with a dash of fun.
While browsing in the artists’ stalls, Pepper and Lena drool over stunning pottery made by a Market newcomer. But when Lena recognizes the potter, Bonnie Clay, as an old friend who disappeared years ago, the afternoon turns sour. To Pepper’s surprise, Bonnie seems intimately connected to her family’s past. When Bonnie is murdered only days later, Pepper is determined to uncover the truth.
But when Pepper roots out long-buried secrets, will she be digging her own grave?
Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. The president of Sisters in Crime, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model and avid bird-watcher.
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