After school snacks around these parts usually consist of cut up fruit, some rice crackers or pretzels, and possibly a mini muffin if I’ve baked some. Nothing too exciting you’ll note!
So when Paneton asked me if I’d like to trial their new ranges of pastry to create some recipes, my mind sprang straight into action and of course I said “Yes please!”
First up I put their Savoury Pastry to the test (which is so new it’s not even available in store yet!) I wanted to make something simple and yummy that my kids would eat and that could be whipped up in a flash and that could take our boring after school treats to another level on occasion.
Enter these little Ham & Cheese Roll Ups. I snuck spinach in there too and you’d never know it. I find with greens that often kids freak out about them because of the colour (poor green, who doesn’t like green?). Spinach in a smoothie – yes, it is obviously there because it’s green, but there is no flavour of spinach to speak of! With an item like this, it’s fairly easy to hide the greens. You know you’re getting goodness into your littles and they are none the wiser because the cheese and ham have concealed your smuggling for you!
The cheese that spread out the edges and crispened up apparently tasted just like bacon, so I won on all accounts! These were delicious warm out of the oven and just as yummy the next day cold.
Paneton’s authentic French pastry combines the best traditional French baking with the best New Zealand ingredients, and even better, it is all natural, all butter pastry with no additives. The combination of these amazing ingredients and a genuine passion for passing on quality products to the people, delivers with unparalleled results. There is no finer pastry available. The French are ultimately the best at pastry and Paneton Bakery proves this time and again with their delicious range of amazing goodies.
You’ll well know by now that I am not about eliminating any food groups from my children’s diet, but that doesn’t mean I’m not conscious of what I’m feeding their little tummies. Sure, they have sugar, they just don’t eat ten biscuits in one day. Yes, they eat gluten, but I try to ensure they’re not eating toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and toasted sandwiches after school. I believe it’s all about balance. The great thing about a product range like Paneton’s is they have no unnecessary ingredients and are made with real fruit and New Zealand butter which is perfect for Mamas like me. The pre-made range of frozen pastries make after school snacks a no brainer – they only take 15-20 minutes in the oven, making them perfect for your busy schedule.
- 1 sheet of Paneton Savoury pastry
- 3 tablespoons of tomato paste
- 1-2 C grated cheese (I used Edam)
- 100g packet of shaved ham
- 1 C baby spinach leaves
- 1 tablespoon of milk
- Sesame & poppy seeds for decoration
- Heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- Take pastry out of the box and package, carefully unroll it and place gently on a floured surface.
- Carefully spread the tomato paste out to the edges of the pastry. Layer the ham and baby spinach evenly over the tomato paste and then sprinkle the cheese evenly on top.
- Cut the pastry into thick strips on the diagonal (I cut the centre pieces in half as they were too long otherwise).
- Loosely roll into pinwheel shapes which will allow it to cook in the middle and place them on a baking tray lined with silicon mats or baking paper.
- Brush the top of each with the milk and sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds or both.
- Bake in an oven for 20-25 minutes
- You can sub the ham for sliced salami, shredded cooked chicken or cooked bacon, or you can of course make it meat-free.
I’d love you to give these a go, or try any of the variations I have suggested and let me know if your kids love them as much as mine did.
** Product was provided for the purpose of this recipe creation. All opinions are my own.