Come summer and party season sneaks up on us ever so swiftly, calling for rolled up sleeves, apron strings tied taut, hair rolled up into messy buns, and the conscientious exertion of elbow grease, even though we hardly complain. With two Arian birthdays – of our girls – almost back to back in our houses, there’s no time to peak and pine or wonder and whine, and we get right down to work in the days leading up to the celebrations. We’re always looking for fun party food ideas, especially finger foods, to keep the hungry little ones munching hassle-free, as they soak in the revelry.
What really helps us ease into the process is a good recipe that offers itself to possibilities – vegetarian, simple, and aesthetically approvable. We found one for pizza buns, and they turned out really well: with a layer of cheese and spiced up toppings sizzling and heaving merrily in the concentric doughy circles that contain them. Between the counter and the oven, and between kneading, deflating, rolling and sprinkling, there were moments that felt almost zen-like – somewhat in the vein of what a slowdance would bring. This is why we love baking, and if popular vote is to be counted, pizza tops the list of baked goodies at our parties and there’s really no way to beat that, is there, other than make it?
Pizza Pinwheel Buns
- 300 ml warm milk
- 2½ teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon chilli flakes
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 capsicum, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic
- ½ cup pizza sauce
- 200g pizza cheese or mix of Cheddar and Mozzarella cheese, grated
- 50g garlic butter, melted, optional