BAKING: Chocolate Viennese Whirls

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Ladies and gentlemen, I have found the mother of all buttery, melt-in-the-mouth biscuits. Now, as someone who has never really ventured into the world of biscuits (beyond cookies that is) Viennese whirls were definitely a new one for me. I was originally going to do the traditional buttercream and jam (but morello cherry for a twist), but the sweet fiend in me went for a rich dark chocolate instead. I can honestly say, without sounding arrogant, that they’re one of my best bakes yet and so ridiculously easy to make.

Ingredients (makes 8 sandwiches)
For the swirls:
250g butter, soft
60g icing sugar
220g plain flour
75g cornflour
1/2tsp vanilla extract

For the filling:
100g dark chocolate
60g butter
60g caster sugar

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How To Do It:
Step One | Line two baking trays with baking parchment. Draw 16 circles that are 2.5inches across and prepare a piping bag with a large nozzle.
Step Two |Beat the butter and icing sugar until pale using an electric mixer or wooden spoon. Add in both flours and the vanilla and mix for 1-2 minutes until you have a smooth paste – don’t overbeat it as you don’t want a lot of air in the mix. Put mix into your piping bag and swirl it onto the circles on your baking parchment. Chill for 20minutes, preheat your oven to 180C (160 Fan) / Gas Mark 4 and then bake for 12-15minutes – don’t let them go brown though.
Step Three | For the centre: Melt the chocolate over a pan of boiling water then tip in the butter and sugar and stir until completely incorporated. Allow to cool completely until it’s spreadable and pipe or spread some mix on one side of the swirl, then place the other ontop to create a sandwich.

viennese whirl recipe, chocolate viennese whirls
viennese whirl recipe, chocolate viennese whirls
viennese whirl recipe, chocolate viennese whirls

Simple, right? Both my mum (queen baker) and my boyfriend have given them a firm thumbs up and they’re my toughest judges, so they must be good. Like I said before, you could go more traditional, or add white chocolate instead of dark, or add some cinnamon in autumn. There’s a lot you can do if plain ol’ chocolate ain’t your thang. They taste pretty darn heavenly and I’m sad I’ve only got one (which I have to share!) left out of the batch I made. Boooo. Let me know if you make them or any of my other bakes

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