Viennese Whirls

Author: MrsMe Serves: 8-12 whirls, Time: 1h total

Difficulty: moderate

Ingredients

For the biscuits:

  • 200g slightly salted butter, softened
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 200g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoon cornflour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder 
  • 50g seedless raspberry jam or strawberry jam

For the (optional extra) filling:

  • 100g butter, softened
  • 170g icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Procedure

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment.
  2. Put the butter and icing sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric hand whisk for about 5 mins until pale and fluffy.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and beat again until fully incorporated.
  4. Sift in the flour, cornflour and baking powder, and fold into the mixture using a spatula until combined (the dough should have a tacky consistency).
  5. Spoon the dough into a piping bag fitted with a large star-shaped nozzle. If all the mixture doesn’t fit, do it in 2 batches.
  6. Pipe swirly circles 5cm diameter onto 2 baking sheets making sure there are 3cm spaces between each swirl. 
  7. Bake for 10-12 mins, swapping the trays over halfway through the cooking time so the biscuits are evenly baked, until pale golden and cooked through.
  8. Leave to cool on the baking sheets for a few mins, then transfer to cooling racks.
  9. When cool to the touch they are ready to be filled:
    Spread jam on the flat side of a biscuit and top with another.

version with buttercream:

While the biscuits cool, make the filling.

Put the softened butter in a large mixing bowl and add the icing sugar.

Stir together initially with a wooden spoon then switch to electric beaters or a whisk to get the buttercream fluffy and smooth.

Add the vanilla extract and beat once more to combine.

Transfer the buttercream to a piping bag and snip off the end.

Turn the biscuits over so their flat side is facing up then pipe buttercream over half of the biscuits and spread a little jam on the rest.

Sandwich a jam covered biscuit together with a buttercream one and repeat until all the biscuits are used up.

Dust with icing sugar.

you can pipe these as fingers and dip them in chocolate!

Bon Apatite!

Story:

I find baking therapeutic & I love to bake to give. These are delicious & very rich so you may find filling them with just Jam (like the picture) is enough. 

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