Viennese Whirls

Vegan Viennese Whirls and other shapes

Vegan-easy version!

With the 7th series of Baking with the Bake Off well under way, and 2 technical bakes under my belt. I decided to take my inspiration and create a Vegan version of Mary Berry's Viennese Whirls. They are really easy and taste exactly the same as the originals. Bonus! 

I have also created a clam shaped version, because why not. Amendments to the recipe are below. They are easier than you would think, and just as delicious. 

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Ingredients

Buttercream

50g Vegetable Shortening

50g Vegan Butter

200g Icing Sugar

OR 200g Butter/400g Icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

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Red food colouring (Clam version) 

100g White fondant (Clam Version)

Jam

200g Raspberries

350g Jam Sugar

(or just... buy raspberry jam)

 

The whirls

125g Vegetable Shortening

125g Vegan Butter

OR 250g Butter

75g Icing Sugar

250g plain flour

50g Corn Flour

Black/Grey food colouring (clam version)


Method

I will start by saying my method to Vegan Baking has become a lot easier since I discovered a simple ratio when it comes to Biscuits. Whatever the butter ratio is- do half vegetable shortening & half Vegan butter. As long as you increase the amount of dry ingredients by around 10% then it seems to work out fine. Don't ask me about the egg replacement, as I am still tinkering away to find the ratios for this. I'm sure somebody has done this, so why do I need to do the same. Anyway, ON WITH THE BAKE! Ovens on to 190ºC as the same in Mary Berry's recipe for Bake Off.

Make your jam by mashing the raspberries in a pan. Add the Jam. Bring to the boil and boil for 4-5 minutes. Transfer into a separate bowl and sieve out the seeds at the same time. 

Beat together your shortening, vegan butter and icing sugar until combined. Add in the flour and corn flour and beat well. This should have a lovely soft consistency, just like buttercream. Scoop into a piping bag with a star nozzle. Pipe whirls onto greaseproof around the same size as a 10p piece or a quarter or an inch diameter depending on your area of living. 

Pop into the oven for 10-12 minutes (mine did 10) or until they begin to brown on the outside. Take off, leave to cool on a wire rack. 

While they are cooling, make your vegan buttercream. Blend your shortening, vegan butter and icing sugar together and add the vanilla extract. Pop into a piping back with a star nozzle. 

Assemble by piping the buttercream on one half, add a 1/2 tsp of jam and sandwich. Ta Da! Tiny Vegan-easy Whirls. Simple, melt in the mouth deliciousness that has no animal bits in. 

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Clam Version

Add some grey/black food colouring to your biscuit mixture to reach a light grey colour. 

The shape of the clam depends on your want for accuracy, but basically it should be 5 lines in the shape of a fan. 

Pipe a 'U' shape about 1 inch in width. Pipe two lines, one on the inside of each side of the 'U' shape. Make sure you pipe over the bottom of the 'U'. Pipe a centre line between these two lines, overlapping the base of the 'U' as well. You should try to make each line slightly longer than the one next to it, so it looks like a fan. (See picture) 

Make enough for as many pairs as you can. 

Pop into the oven for 10-12 minutes (mine did 12) or until they begin to brown on the outside. Take off, leave to cool on a wire rack. 

For the Buttercream, make as above then add red food colouring to a desired pink colour. Take two clam shells and spoon a little onto your bottom clam, make a trench in the buttercream down the centre for your jam to sit in. Leave a bit of buttercream at the front for a 'lip' There should be 3mm thickness of buttercream. Add a tsp of jam into the trench. Take your white fondant and make small balls and place on the bottom clam, where the jam meets the cream at the front. 

For my attempt at the Bake Off version and the Clam version, watch the videos below. 

Thank you very much, see you soon

Colin

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Baking with the Bake Off- Week 2- Viennese Whirls

Swirly, twirly fun! 

Hello there, it’s week 2 of the Bake off and it is Biscuit Week. This week, I tried my hand at Mary Berry’s Viennese Whirls. I don’t think I can remember the last time I ever ate one of these, but I always remember it tasting a little like shortbread with jam in it. Not that this helped with any of the bake, as it really isn't the same, and my piping skills are once again under scrutiny. As you can see in the picture, I did manage a swirl, but I felt I could have done better. 

 


The recipe comes from the BBC website and is the same one used in the bake off, but with all the bits in. As far as technical goes, its all about that swirl really. 

The jam was the easy part, by now I have made jam many times. It all started when I made some jam filled cupcakes for a horror themed bake inspired by a picture my friend Vicki made. You should go check out her art, it really is amazing. Click here. 

 

After making jam, you now need to make some stencils for a guide for your swirls on some greaseproof. Seems simple, but somehow, I managed to make a weird bunch of circles. Onwards and upwards!

 

The biscuit itself is a blend of butter, icing sugar, plain flour and corn flour. Those who are vegan can substitute the butter for a mix of half soy butter/half vegetable shortening. This means its still fatty enough to bake properly. Or so I have found in my vegan bakes. 

 

Pop your mix into the piping bag and here is where I need guidance. My piping skills are very slap dash, but I seem to get there in the end. Though my swirls could have been more… swirly I think. I wanted them to be fatter and higher, figuring that the heat would make them spread, so the closer the swirls, the less spread out they would be. I managed it sometimes, but consistency is key for a star baker quality I feel. 

 

My biscuits came out roughly the same width all round, so sandwiching them together was fine. 

 

Buttercream was straight forward, again for vegans, half verge shortening/ half soy butter substitute (eg 100g butter= 50g shortening 50g soy butter) does the trick for silky fluffy buttercream that doesn't look curdled and keeps it’s shape. 

 

Be careful when sandwiching them together, not to push too hard. Push in the middle or you will end up with a casualty. Also, keep an eye on them in the oven; as the 13-15 minutes Mary suggests, was going to be a burner for me. 

 

All in all, a fun bake, a delicious result. But where would you place me?

Here’s to biscuit week, roll on bread week (ba da boom!) 

Colin 

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