What are Viennese Whirls?
Viennese Whirls are a type of biscuit, originating from Austria. They are made with butter, flour, sugar and ground almonds, and have a distinctive shape – two circles of pastry joined together with a swirl in the middle. The biscuits are usually decorated with icing or jam.
The traditional Viennese Whirl recipe has been around since the 18th century, and is still popular today. They can be found in many bakeries across Europe, as well as being sold in supermarkets and online.
How to Make Viennese Whirls
Making Viennese Whirls at home is surprisingly easy. All you need is some butter, flour, sugar and ground almonds. Start by creaming the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Then add the flour and ground almonds and mix until it forms a dough.
Once the dough is ready, roll it out on a floured surface until it’s about 5mm thick. Cut out circles using a cookie cutter or glass, then join two circles together with a swirl in the middle. Place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake for 10-15 minutes at 180°C.
Viennese Whirls are delicious served on their own as an afternoon snack or dessert. They also make a great addition to any tea party spread – why not try serving them with clotted cream or ice cream? For an extra special treat, dip them in melted chocolate before serving.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even try making your own flavoured Viennese Whirls – why not experiment with adding different spices or flavours to the dough? You could also use different types of jam or icing to decorate them.