Along the Grapevine

Spicy Maple Pinwheels


DSC02939The sap is running from our maple trees, the buckets are hung, and we are keeping one eye on the pot (and the other up the chimney) when boiling the sap. I am also busy using up last year’s stock which gives me lots of opportunity to experiment with new recipes, and I am trying to come up with new flavour combinations. Maple syrup is such an icon in Canadian cooking we sometimes prefer to stick with the tried and true, but I felt adventurous with this recipe. Since I discovered that hot spices are the best addition to chocolate, why not do the same with maple syrup? Sweet and spicy are a good bet for me, and to experiment I used two flavours, ginger for half the recipe and chili peppers for the other half. If you choose to go with one, then double the quantity of that spice in the filling.DSC02943

These “cookies” are made with a yeast dough – neither very sweet nor rich. I also deliberately made them not too pillowy or sticky. I used spelt flour which has a delicious nutty taste, although regular wheat flour would work too, and I kept them vegan by using coconut oil just because. I expect butter would be just as good.DSC02945

Spicy Maple Pinwheels

Ingredients for the dough

2 tsp instant yeast (or the equivalent of fresh yeast if you have it)

1 1/2 cup warm water

2 Tbsp maple syrup

4 1/2 cups flour (approximately)

1/2 cup coconut oil, softened

1 tsp salt

Ingredients for the filling

1 cup coconut oil

1 cup maple syrup

1 tsp chili pepper flakes

3 tbsp chopped candied ginger

1/2 cup granulated maple sugar (or other granulated sugar)


Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup of the water. Add to it the 2 Tbsp of maple syrup, 1 cup of warm water and 1 cup of spelt flour. Cover with a cloth and set in a warm place until it becomes spongy, about 2 hours.

Mix in the softened coconut oil, salt and the flour, a little at a time. When the dough comes together, turn it out onto a floured board and kneed for about 5 minutes. Place in a bowl and allow to rise for a second time until it has doubled in bulk. Meanwhile, make the filling by beating the coconut oil and maple syrup with a beater. Add the spices, chili to half the mixture and chopped ginger to the other half.

When the dough has risen, divide it in two and roll each piece into a rectangle of about 20 x 12 inches. The dough should be quite thin. Spread the filling evenly over the dough and sprinkle the granulated sugar on top. Β Roll up from the long (20 in.) side. Slice the roll into 1 inch pieces and place them on a parchment lined tray to rise covered with a tea towel – about 1/2 hour.

Before baking, press each cookie down to flatten somewhat. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes. Makes 24 cookies.



The pepper ones are pretty hot, but I was correct in supposing that spice and maple syrup is a winning combination for those who like a little piquant to our snacks. The ginger is also very good, and might be better for those who are not great fans of chili.Β DSC02947

Linked to Angie’s Fiesta Friday #110, Jhuls’ The Not so Creative Cook and Apsara’s Eating Well Diary.





Author: Hilda

I am a backyard forager who likes to share recipes using the wild edibles of our area.

32 thoughts on “Spicy Maple Pinwheels

  1. These look delicious. And so interesting. Thanks for posting!

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  2. Just last week I watched a YouTube video about maple syrup. You are surrounded with such beautiful creations, Hilda, such as this Maple tree. And oh, the pinwheels look so beautiful and yummy! Thanks for sharing this wonderful post, Hilda. It’s always nice to see you around. Happy FF! πŸ™‚

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  3. How wonderful! Can I come steal one of your sap buckets haha πŸ˜‰


  4. There is much to learn from you, Hilda. You are great at tapping nature’s bounty and using them to the fullest. Awesome pinwheels; and making the recipe vegan only increases its appeal. Thank you for sharing at the FF party!

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  5. I have never seen any process of making maple syrup before. I can’t imagine how fun & delicious it would be. Wow!!

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    • It is pretty simple Pang. You just take a huge vat of sap, boil it down until it is about 1/40th of the volume. When it reaches 219 degrees F it is ready. It is a great opportunity to sit and read while it cooks, and not feel guilty about doing nothing, except keeping an eye on it. Of course, you have to do it outdoors, otherwise your house gets all sticky.


  6. How cool does that sound!!!

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  7. How exciting that it’s time to sap the trees! Is it sad that I probably know as much about the process from watching Curious George with my son as anywhere else?! Your pinwheels look great.

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  8. How wonderful to be able to say you can sap your own trees in your backyard. Love that bucket, what an experience! Those pinwheels have the sweet and savory going on too, which I’m sure I’d love.

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    • We don’t have a very big production, but there is something about having ingredients from your own garden. Some have lemons and mangos – we have maple. I think the satisfaction is the same though.


  9. Hilda am up for adoption anytime πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

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  10. I would certainly share it with you if I could Andy.


  11. This looks so wonderful Hilda…

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  12. Sweet and spicy is such a wonderful combination, one of my favourites! These look soooo yummy!

    It’s so cool that you collect your own syrup too, I’m always amazed by your ability to collect food from nature!

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  13. The pinwheels look great, and it’s a vegan recipe! Do you have to worry about uninvited guests like insects or wildlife getting into the syrup buckets?

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    • Thanks Gerard. The buckets have flip down lids on them which seem to do the trick. We haven’t had any problem with insects, but if there is any debris in it, we can filter the sap. This year it has been very clean.

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  14. You’re so lucky to be able to make your own maple syrup! These pinwheels sound great, I think I would go for the chili and maple combo!

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  15. What a great idea to add chilli flakes & ginger to maple syrup, your pinwheels look delicious Hilda. How lucky to be able to harvest your own maple syrup, I adore it & use it regularly in my baking.


  16. That is SO cool that you make your own maple syrup! I’ve never had homemade maple syrup but I can imagine that it’s crazy delicious. These pinwheels have such a creative combination of flavors – thanks for sharing the recipe!


  17. Yummmm! Sounds like a good snack


  18. I have always wanted to try my hand at tapping maple trees but I’m afraid I will hurt them! It is probably a silly fear, but when you only have two or three trees in they yard they tend to get pampered. Your recipe looks delicious!


    • Thanks for stopping by. As for doing the trees any harm, I was relieved to find that most of the sap is already in the roots, and with our pretty old trees I know the root system is enormous, so I’m trusting they don’t suffer much from the little bit we take.


  19. Waw, Hilda! These pingels look utterly delicious & I love the apart special filling too.
    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»


  20. Gorgeous!


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