Viennese Whirls

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At GBBO is Biscuit week. The signature challenge is to make 24 identical decorated biscuits, the technical is Viennese whirls. The showstopper was a biscuit structure. Choosing Viennese Whirls wasn’t hard. My pipping skills aren’t great and I don’t have enough experience with biscuits to make a structure.
This is my second bake. The first one was awful, the whirls didn’t hold their shape while baking, it was a mess. Well, these turned out delicious and exactly as they should have been. The biscuits are basic and the flavour is given by the raspberry curd. I bought the raspberry curd from an English Heritage gift shop and it’s delicious. I will buy jars of curd from them, as it’s so good and there are a few other interesting flavours like lemon and passion fruit.

01 Viennese Whirls

Ingredients for 7 Viennese Whirls:
– 150g soft butter
– 150g plain flour
– 30g icing sugar and more to decorate (around 5g)
– 30g cornflour
– lots of raspberry curd (1/2 of jar I would say)

Preheat the oven at 180C or 160C fan.

In a medium bowl, put the butter, flour, sugar and cornflour. Add flavouring if you want. Mix the ingredients with the hand mixer for a couple of minutes. The mixture should be smooth, make sure all the ingredients are fully incorporated. Scrape the sides of the bowl if there is flour stuck to it.
Using a piping bag, pipe the mixture into whirls on a greaseproof paper. Bake for around 15 minutes until lightly golden.

I would suggest rotating the baking tray during baking, so the whirls are evenly baked. If you are using a fan oven this should not be an issue. When the biscuits are baked, take them out of the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Transfer them on a cooling rack.

02 Viennese Whirls

Put the curd into a smaller piping bag with a star nozzle. Construct the whirls, by piping raspberry curd onto one half and then before sandwich the biscuits together. Finish with a dusting of icing sugar.

03 Viennese Whirls

They are delicious and I’m glad I made a second batch. I can’t wait to bake biscuits again with other flavours.

04 Viennese Whirls

Mummy Mishaps

16 thoughts on “Viennese Whirls

  1. Ah it’s so interesting seeing everyone’s Viennese whirls and the different recipes and results they got. Yours looks fab and raspberry curd sounds like a great filling. It’s very easy to make your own curd and generally so much nicer.

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