The second week of the Great British Bake Off... Biscuit week... Did you watch it? Oh how I love that programme. Also the second week of me joining in with Jenny of Mummy Mishaps and The Great Bloggers Bake Off. The technical challenge on the programme this week was to make twelve identical Viennese Whirls in one and a half hours. I hate to set myself targets that I can't keep up with, but I do like the idea of trying the technical challenge each week. I started them at 6.30 pm last night when I should have been starting dinner so taking photos of the process was not high on my agenda!
I skipped making the raspberry jam as I already had a pot of homemade strawberry jam sitting in the fridge and went straight to making the biscuit mix which I piped into "swirled rounds" not "Rosettes" as instructed... and the difference is? Blowed if I know but I piped swirly things! These then chilled in the fridge to allow them to firm up while the oven heated and I got on with making dinner.
They were then put in the oven, baked and taken out to cool whilst we ate dinner. I sandwiched them together with vanilla buttercream and the strawberry jam after we'd eaten and cleared up. Ready to eat with a cup of tea at 8.15pm! One and three quarter hours start to finish with an aubergine, chilli and tomato sauce on tagliatelle made from scratch, eaten and cleared up at the same time... and nothing ended up on the floor (you needed to have seen the programme to get that reference!)
I think mine should have had a bit more height and definition (probably solved by chilling for a bit longer) but overall I was pleased with the way they turned out and they do at least all look uniform. And the taste... not half bad... incredibly crumbly and melt in the mouth. I had to stop Stewart eating more than one last night as I wanted to photograph them in the light this morning but he's made up for that today!
Looking forward to bread week!