Wild Garlic Pesto Pinwheels

Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Preserve the flavour of Spring in Wild Garlic Pesto then use it to create the ultimate cheesy garlic bread. Using a soda bread base, these Wild Garlic Pesto Pinwheels are super quick and easy to make and oh so moreish. 





If brambles are the gateway drug to foraging, wild garlic is surely the next one down the slippery slope of never being able to go out for a walk without keeping your eyes peeled for free food! It's a sure sign that Spring is in the air when it starts to put in an appearance. It really is one of the most easily identifiable and unmistakable foragable foods. Take a look at the Galloway Wild Food Website for further identification and distribution information if you are unsure. It's smell is so distinctive and the taste, particularly early in the season, very pungent. You may very well smell it in the woods before you spot its long lush leaves. Look for it in semi shaded moist woodland areas, river banks are a good place to start. Later in the season it bursts into bloom with white flowers which are also edible. 



Once you've found your 'wild garlic spot' you can return year on year and confidently identify it from the very first shoots of spring growth. My favourite local spot is Dunnottar Woods at Stonehaven where it grows in lush swathes all along the riverbank. Whilst it's in season you can use it in place of garlic, spring onions and chives in a huge variety of dishes. These pinwheels are surely the ultimate cheesy garlic bread. Using a soda bread base they are super quick and easy to make and oh so moreish. Ideal to accompany soup or pasta. Best served warm straight from the oven and sure to keep the vampires at bay! 


Wild Garlic Pesto
100g Wild Garlic
75g Pine Nuts - toasted
75g Parmesan Cheese - grated
150ml Scottish Rapeseed Oil
Salt & Pepper

Wash and pat dry the wild garlic leaves, toast the pine nuts in a dry non stick pan and grate the Parmesan. Place everything in a food processor or blender and blitz until it reaches the desired consistency. The quantities given are merely as a guide, feel free to adjust them according to taste.

This recipe will make a larger quantity of pesto than you need for the Wild Garlic Pesto Pinwheels. Store the remainder in a jar in the fridge or freeze in individual ice cube portions. Great stirred through pasta for a quick meal, served on top of lamb chops, steak or fish or mix some into a soup, risotto or mashed potatoes for a fresh garlicky kick.


Wild Garlic Pesto Pinwheels
250g plain flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp salt
175ml milk
1 tsp lemon juice
3 Tbsp wild garlic pesto
60g parmesan grated

Sieve together the dry ingredients in one bowl and milk and lemon juice in another.
Bring together by pouring the wet into a well in the dry. 
Mix well and add a wee bit more flour or milk if needed to make a dough.
Knead lightly and roll out into a rectangle approx 1cm thick.
Spread over the pesto and sprinkle with 40g the parmesan.
Roll up like a swiss roll and cut into slices. Sprinkle with the remaining 20g of Parmesan.
Bake at 200 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.


17 comments

  1. OH MY GOD - what are you DOING TO ME!! these look amazeballs - I really want to go foraging for wild garlic - does anyone do classes on that?

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    1. You don't need a class for that! Head down to Seaton Park, walk along the riverside and follow your nose.

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  2. Can you do a gluten and dairy free version? :0)

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    1. You could use a non dairy cheese and a GF pizza dough?

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  3. I’ve never even tried wild garlic! I have no idea where to find it in my area. Desperate to get my hands on some.

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    1. Damp shady riverbanks are your best bet. Failing that you can sometimes buy it at farmers markets and the likes.

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  4. Oooh.... those look amazing - a bit like a garlic bread version of cinnamon rolls, just fab! I've only very occasionally been lucky enough to find some wild garlic but these would be top of my list next time I do!

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    1. YES! This is the love child of Garlic Bread and Cinnamon Rolls.
      Hope you find some wild garlic this season.

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  5. These look amazing! I really wish I knew where to find wild garlic around here - and how to be sure I'd recognise it once I found it!

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  6. These look so delicious. I don't think I've ever had wild garlic which makes me sad! I'll have to go out foraging!x

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  7. I love wild garlic and this is amazing use for it. I need to go and find some myself and make them!

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  8. every year I want to try cooking with wild garlic, and every year I fail. This recipe looks delicious and would be a great way to bake with the wild garlic, for a complete novice such as myself. yummy.thank you for sharing with #Bakeoftheweek x

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  9. These look wonderful Claire! I have only discovered wild garlic few weeks back thanks to my veg box delivery and have become absolutely besotted with it! Would love to forage for some but have yet to discover the patch near me, hopefully will though fingers crossed! :)

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  10. I've always fancied trying my hand at foraging, what a perfect place to start. Next day off I'm heading into the woods!!

    Katie xoxo

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  11. These really do look amazing. There's something about "wild garlic" that seems so appealing to me.

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  12. Oh wow, these sound just prefect for summer picnics. I've never thought of freezing pesto before - brilliant idea. Thanks for joining in with #BakeoftheWeek

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