Today is one of those days, I know it is Autumn, and the middle of October…. but really did winter need to come so quickly.
Although there was a bit of blue sky and sunshine this morning when I got up, it very quickly was over taken by a grey sky and of course the rain came, not a lot, that drizzly stuff that just makes it a miserable day all round.
So I needed to BAKE something to brighten the day….
I was searching for some recipes yesterday and found the Viennese Whirl biscuit recipe from the Hairy Bikers, and it took me back to the days when I use to pop out to M&S and buy a packet (6 biscuits) for my tea break, well ask you know that’s not possible here, so I just had to make some.
I was transported back to the delicious buttery biscuits, not the work load, I have managed to shut that out of my mind, but oh those buttery biscuits will just do the trick.
We have some friends who are in the process of moving house and it is all very stressful, I called her this morning to see how she was doing and ‘not good’ was the honest answer. I invited her to join me for a cuppa, so I thought I know what I will make to have with that cuppa…….. so here we go.
The recipe is so simple, the ingredients minimal, so I was a little skeptical to find out how they would turn out.
There is only 1 way to find out and that is to get on with the job and get them made……
So large bowl in hand, butter, flour, cornflour, icing sugar, vanilla essence (I have to use the ‘fake’ stuff as I am allergic to the ‘real’ stuff). This recipe is not for the faint hearted, lots of butter. But of course YOU don’t need to eat them all.
I chopped the butter and placed it in the microwave to soften it, it had a lot of dry ingredients to mix together. The recipe does say soft butter, I really does need to be soft, its the only way to make sure everything combines together.
Once you have a nice soft fluffy mixture, scoop it into a piping bag with a large start shaped tip and get you piping skills in action.
I found I needed to keep my hands around the bag to make sure the mixture was soft enough to come out of the tip. I did a couple of practice rounds and then just scooped them up off of the grease proof paper and put them back into the piping bag and continued with the rounds for the biscuits.
I set the oven to 200c but it really needed to be 180-190c you don’t want the bottom of the biscuits to cook too quickly as they will get too much colour and the top will remain very pale. It also changes the flavour and melt in the mouth sensation if they are over cooked.
I baked them for 14 minutes, and they were perfect. I did turn them around, half way through the cooking, just to make sure.
Once you are happy with the colour of your biscuits, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool before you add the butter icing and sandwich them together.
While the biscuits are baking, make the butter icing, it too is very easy, place the butter, icing sugar and vanilla essence into a bowl, I used the same one, and mix until nice and fluffy, I use a hand mixer to get the consistency, you can use a wooden spoon if you prefer. Place the filling into a piping bag, ready for when needed.
I made some with a dollop of jam and other with out.
Take a couple of biscuits that are similar sizes, pipe the butter icing around the outside of the biscuit and place a spoonful of jam in the centre and then top with another biscuit, sandwiching them together.
I have to be honest and those with the jam are better than those without, the jam helps to cut through the butter……
When I finally got the chance to eat one of these biscuits, well I have to say it did transport me all the way back to those days in the office and popping out to M&S to get a packet for tea break.
They were buttery, melt in the mouth ….OMG why has it taken me so long to make them, they are definitely on the ‘to-do again’ list.
I thought you might like to enjoy so here is the recipe for you to make.