Hooray Great British Bake Off is back!
Along with this comes the Great Blogger Bake Off which is hosted by the lovely Jenny at Mummy Mishaps. Now I love taking part and couldn’t wait to sign up to bake along, I just completely underestimated how much energy the recovery from my operation would take up.
Not one to be beaten though I am baking along this week (with a lot of help and a few short cuts) so I’ve decided to go for the easiest of the 3 recipes, the Viennese whirls.
I did have good ideas of chocolate orange whirls however reality is I couldn’t stand long enough to bake. In the end I thought I’d stick with the classic Mary Berry recipe with shop brought jam (sorry!). The recipe below can be found on the BBC food site
- 250g/9oz very soft butter
- 50g/2oz icing sugar, plus extra to decorate
- 250g/9oz plain flour
- 50g/2oz cornflour
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
For the filling
- 100g/3½oz soft butter
- 200g/7oz icing sugar, plus ½ tsp for dusting
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- 75g/3oz seedless raspberry jam
- Preheat the oven to 190C/170C (fan)/Gas 5. Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
- Put the butter, icing sugar, plain flour, cornflour and vanilla extract in a food processor and blend until smooth. You may need to scrape the mixture down a couple of times with a rubber spatula.
- Spoon the dough into a piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle. Pipe 16-18 x 6cm/2½in rosettes of the dough, spacing well apart.
- Bake in the centre of the oven for 13-15 minutes or until pale golden-brown and firm. Cool on the baking tray for five minutes then transfer to a cooling rack. Repeat with the remaining dough to make 32-36 biscuits.
- For the filling, put the butter in a bowl and sift the icing sugar on top. Add the vanilla extract and beat with a wooden spoon or an electric whisk until very light and smooth. Spoon into a clean piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle. Put the jam in a bowl and stir until smooth.
- Spoon a little jam onto the flat side of 16 of the biscuits and place jam-side up on the cooling rack. Pipe the buttercream icing onto the remaining biscuits and sandwich with the jam. Put on a serving plate and dust with sifted icing sugar. Serve.
The recipe itself was really easy to follow however I had a complete disaster.
They were so flat and crumbly I didn’t even attempt to fill the middle! I think this was a combination of the icing nozzle used and the fact the butter and sugar wasn’t beaten enough prior to baking.
Lesson learnt for me this week, I need to sit back and enjoy baking but stick with things like cakes that the kids can bake for me!
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I received a Tesco voucher to spend in their baking aisle, thankfully I still have some left to bake again another week and hopefully do better!