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Chocolate Viennese Whirls with Vanilla Buttercream & Blackcurrant Jam

Chocolate Viennese Whirls

Biscuits, We Should Cocoa | 4th September 2016 | By

Just in case you hadn’t noticed, Great British Bake Off is back. The whole country is watching, it seems. Last week, the bakers were given Viennese whirls as their technical challenge. Piping is the name of the game for these bakes and I hate piping. It was time for me to move outside of my comfort zone, however. Of course I had to do something a bit different, so I give you my Chocolate Viennese Whirls.

Every week of the Bake Off, I tell myself I’m going to try my hand at one of the bakes, but time doesn’t seem to work in my favour. I didn’t manage a single one last year. The first week’s technical challenge was Jaffa cakes. These are one of CTs favourites, so I really will try and give them a go at some point. Meanwhile, I’m rather impressed with myself for trying chocolate Viennese whirls.

Chocolate Viennese Whirls

I hunted through my various cookbooks and found several recipes for Viennese whirls, but they were all completely different. The only common denominator was that they all contained cornflour. I ended up devising my own recipe, but managed to forgot the cornflour. Despite this, my chocolate Vienese whirls were light, short, chocolatey and delicious. They not only melted in the mouth and tasted just as they should, but they retained definition too. Whirly wonderful.

Chocolate Viennese Whirls

Once the trauma of the piping was over, the rest was a simple case of making some buttercream and sandwiching the biscuits with it, together with some of my blackcurrent chilli jam. I suspect Mary would have dubbed them “informal” on the presentation front, but I was thrilled.

Chocolate Viennese Whirls
Yields 12
Light, short and buttery these chocolate biscuits sandwiched with jam and buttercream make for a rather special tea time treat.
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
50 min
Viennese Whirls
  1. 200g unsalted butter - softened
  2. 75 icing sugar
  3. 25g cocoa powder
  4. Β½ tsp vanilla extract
  5. 180g plain flour
  6. pinch salt
  7. 1 tbsp milk
Vanilla Buttercream
  1. 50g unsalted butter - softened
  2. 100 icing sugar
  3. Β½ tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  4. 12 tsp jam of choice (I used homemade blackcurrant chilli jam)
Instructions
  1. Viennese Whirls
  2. Beat the butter and the icing sugar together until really soft and creamy.
  3. Beat in the cocoa, salt and vanilla extract until well combined.
  4. Sieve in the flour and beat until smooth.
  5. Add the milk if needed and beat again until smooth.
  6. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle and pipe 24 x 5cm diameter whirls spaced well apart on a lined baking sheet.
  7. Place in the fridge to set for 20 minutes or so.
  8. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the centre of the oven at 175℃. The biscuits should be just firm to the touch.
  9. Leave for a couple of minutes then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool completely
Vanilla Buttercream
  1. Beat the butter and icing sugar until very pale and creamy, then beat in the vanilla paste or extract.
  2. Spread the buttercream onto 12 of the biscuits and the jam on the other 12, then sandwich together.
Notes
  1. If the whirls are not placed in the fridge, they are more likely to spread and lose their definition.
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/
We Should Cocoa LogoThese chocolate Vienesse whirls are my entry to this month’s We Should Cocoa.

 

 

 

GBBO LogoI’m also joining in with this week’s Great Bloggers Bake Off 2016 hosted by Mummy Mishaps.

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      Choclette
      4th September 2016

      Thanks Angie. You don’t know how much your comment means to me – can’t stop smiling now πŸ™‚

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    Henk Kooiman
    4th September 2016

    They look nice ! Would love to taste them too. I love the combination with the butter cream and jam. I’m surprised that there is no egg in the recipe. Piping isn’t my favourite technique either, but you’ve made a really good job.

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      Choclette
      4th September 2016

      Ah, thanks Henk. No egg in the recipe. The texture is meant to be a melt in the mouth type of thing, which I’m guessing it wouldn’t be with egg.

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    Dom
    4th September 2016

    i’ll say they look bloody epic! I missed GBBO this week but i’m glad you’ve recreated my fave biscuits!

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      Choclette
      4th September 2016

      Oh so much drama with the biscuits Dom. You’ll have to catch up if you can. There was plenty of drama in my kitchen when I was piping, but thank you for your kind words.

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    nadia
    4th September 2016

    Oh my! They look fabulous! I’m not good at piping either but I must say you did a great job! I love that you added cocoa – chocolate makes everything better πŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      4th September 2016

      Thanks Nadia. I know you and I are one when it comes to chocolate πŸ˜‰

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    Manda
    4th September 2016

    Really pretty and impressive.

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    Lucy @ BakingQueen74
    4th September 2016

    They look so good, chocolate ones seem to be popular this week! I made some without cornflour too before the batch I posted and the texture is still good isn’t it. Love the structure in your whirls, Mary would be pleased.

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      Choclette
      4th September 2016

      Yes, I was surprised just how melty and good the texture was despite the lack of cornflour Lucy. And I was super impressed they kept their shape πŸ˜‰

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    Laura
    4th September 2016

    I think they look beautiful and inviting and not ‘informal’. Lovely flavour combination too πŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      5th September 2016

      Thank you very much Laura. I did get some admiring comments yesterday before they were demolished πŸ™‚

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    jenny paulin
    4th September 2016

    wow blackcurrant chilli jam sounds intriguing. Your whirls look fab – i can see how they were melt in the mouth by their shape, they look as a while should for sure. thank you for linking up #GBBOBloggers2016 x

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      Choclette
      5th September 2016

      Thanks Jenny and thanks for hosting. It’s been fun reading everyone else’s whirl posts πŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      5th September 2016

      Thanks Jemma. Luckily for me, chocolate seems to go with lots of things πŸ˜‰

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    Gina
    5th September 2016

    I think they look brilliant… Not at all informal! I tried chocolate ones last night but think my favourites are still vanilla.

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      Choclette
      5th September 2016

      Thank you Gina πŸ™‚ You mean you made two lots? I am super impressed.

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      Choclette
      5th September 2016

      Thank you Sylvia, it’s a good combination and really surprised myself with those swirls πŸ™‚

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    Debbie | An Organised Mess
    5th September 2016

    Well if they’re informal I’d hate to think how my baking would be described πŸ˜‰ They look delicious- and the blackcurrant and chilli jam sounds like the perfect accompaniment.

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      Choclette
      5th September 2016

      Hahaha, thank you Debbie. I’m going to have to come over and cast an eye over your bakes now πŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      5th September 2016

      Thanks Kirsty, it’s a great combination especially when the blackcurrant jam has chilli in it πŸ˜‰

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    HELEN
    5th September 2016

    these look great & have a great shape. I think I will try chocolate ones next time πŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      6th September 2016

      Thanks, the chocolate ones tasted gorgeous Helen, but I’m thinking if ever I can cope with picking up the piping bag again, I might try something different.

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      Choclette
      6th September 2016

      Thanks very much Jacqui. The only real issue I had with them, is that they all vanished with remarkable rapidity πŸ˜‰

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    Jill @ Teatime in Paris
    6th September 2016

    Well I love that you made them “informal”. They look rather perfect to me! Melt-in-the-mouth delicious and with homemade blackcurrant and chili jam? Fabulous. I wish I could see the Bake Off. Then again, I’m scared I’d become hooked too. Not that hooked on French TV!

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      Choclette
      6th September 2016

      Thanks Jill. I’m always very happy to hear “perfect” when it relates to one of my bakes πŸ˜‰ Can’t you get iPlayer in France? Luckily it’s only 1 hr a week for a few weeks, so even if you get hooked, it’s not going to have too detrimental an effect.

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    6th September 2016

    Love the chocolate twist Choclette. AND the jam kick! They look amazing!
    There seems to be loads of Viennese Whirls on social media this week…… it’s certainly got everyone baking. I even managed GF ones!

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      Choclette
      7th September 2016

      Thank you Kate πŸ™‚ Every week, I’ve wanted to join in, but I rarely have the time. I’ve really enjoyed seeing how different all the Viennese whirls are. Heading over to check yours out too.

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