Sweet or Savoury Swirls

Quick, Easy and Yummy! What more can you ask for? Seriously, I’ve done this whilst sleep-deprived and with the help of primary-aged kids; it’s that straightforward!


  • Pre-prepared bread dough (Your favourite recipe, a store-bought mix or even my Pizza Base all work for this yummy treat… and make it even easier!)

For the Savoury:

  • Tomato Puree
  • Grated Cheese
  • Cooked Ham (omit if feeding veggies)

For the Sweet:

  • Light Brown or Golden Caster Sugar
  • Melted Butter
  • Ground Cinnamon (1 tbsp sugar needs about 1/2 tsp cinnamon)
  • Sultanas/Raisins (optional)



  • Break the dough into equal balls that fit in your hand (a bit bigger than a golf ball perhaps or like dumplings pre-cooking…get 12-15 out of my dough mix if that helps)
  • Roll each ball into a sausage shape on a floured surface then flatten with your hands (not too thin, about 1 inch/2-3 cm: too thick better than too thin in this case) to form a ribbon shape (about a foot/30 cm long and 2-3 inches/ 5-8 cm wide)
  • Brush a coat of Butter for sweet or Tomato Puree for savoury, over the dough surface, right to the edges
  • Top with a good sprinkling of Sugar and Cinnamon or Cheese and chopped Ham respectively, to cover the dough. )
  • Roll up the dough into a spiral and put it end-on to a well greased baking tray (so you can see spiral pattern at the top)
  • brush top and sides of swirl with milk or melted butter and top with a little more sugar/cinnamon or grated Cheese
  • Bake in centre of the oven at 200C/GM6 for about 20-25 minutes until golden
  • Cool on a wire rack and store in air-tight containers for up to 3 days… great for picnics)


Hints & Tips

  • I know there are no measures above and that’s because it depends on the volume of dough you use. To do a batch of 12-15, you probably need 6 heaped tablespoons of the Sugar and cinnamon or Grated Cheese and about 3 tbsp of raisins or ham……but you really can’t go wrong as long as you coat all the dough you can see!
  • As an additional guide, Ham should be finely chopped and not cover more than half the area of the dough, likewise with dried fruit in the sweet ones
  • To test they are cooked, tap the side and top of the swirl with your fingernail or the blunt side of a knife to see if they sound hollow (like a crusty roll)… looking for firm outside and squidgy inside πŸ™‚
  • Have fun! You could add grilled veg like onions and peppers (to the savoury ones, obviously), poppy or sesame seeds to the toppings or even drizzle icing over the sweet ones as they cool
  • BONUS: When they are rolled but still uncooked you can freeze them and then defrost and bake when needed


I hope you enjoy these, let me know if you go on a picnic with them over the holidays! πŸ™‚



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