1 unsliced loaf of wholemeal bread. * See Method
2 tablespoons of dairy free cream cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Purchase the loaf of bread from your local bakery and request that they slice the loaf lengthways for you. Place the crusts aside for another recipe.
Line a plate with some paper towel and cut the cucumber into thin slices, lengthways. Place the sliced cucumber onto the plate with the paper towel and put it into the fridge over night. You will need enough slices to be able to cover one slice of the bread. Put any remaining cucumber aside for more sandwiches another day.
When you are ready to make the pinwheels, lay one slice of bread on your bench and spread the dairy free cream cheese evenly onto it. Make sure that there is cream cheese right to the edges. Then place one layer of cucumber slices lengthways onto the bread, without overlapping them. Season the cucumber with salt and pepper to taste.
Roll the bread slice from one of the short ends until the whole slice is rolled into a snail shape. Cut the roll in half, so you end up with 2 good size pin wheels. Put the rest of the bread into an airtight container to use throughout the week.
These are great for parties and picnics or just a different lunch box idea for the kids.
Yields: 4 pinwheel sandwiches. Note that you will get up to 14 pinwheels from one loaf.
Time: 5- 10 minutes. Plus the draining time for the cucumber.
Notes: Cucumber has very high water content. So it is an important step to lay the cucumber slices on draining paper, otherwise you will end up with very soggy sandwiches.
It’s important to lay the cucumber lengthways on the bread. If you lay them along the short side of the bread slices you will have trouble rolling the pin wheels.
You can purchase dairy free cream cheese at Coles. It is usually located where the dairy cream cheeses are kept.
If your children like herbs, these are also beautiful with finely chopped dill mixed through the cream cheese.
You can make the pinwheels with bean dip, hummus or any dip or filling that the kids love.