Viennese Fingers

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

 viennese fingers

This week has been tough. My friend who was pregnant with twins went into early labour and one of the babies, a boy, was born at 23 weeks and 5 days weighing just 690g {1.5lbs}. Shocked is an understatement. I have not stopped thinking about her all week. My regular readers will know how much I believe in the power of positive thinking but even I have struggled to have faith at times this week.

My friend has been keeping everyone updated on facebook and I was so happy to have a lovely phone call from her yesterday. Her little boy is almost a week old now and is doing amazingly well. He's a tough cookie and a little fighter. He was doing so well the doctors were going to take him off the ventillator today as he was breathing so well.

And the incredible part is that twin two, a girl, is still cooking away insider her mum! How amazing is that?! Apparently she's happy where she is and obviously the doctors want to keep her in there for as long as possible. So my friend's twins {all being well} will be one in a million and have different birthdays!

Before we move onto the recipe can I just ask a quick favour? Please spare a prayer or thought for my friend and her babies. Every tiny little positive thought makes a difference.

viennese fingers

Anyway back to the baking. These Viennese Fingers were the product of one of my impromptu baking sessions. You know the ones where you flick through a few recipe books and just see something and think 'hmmm I'll have a go at those'!

They are easy peasy. Don't worry if you're not an expert at piping. I'm quite good but mine still turned out a bit wobbly and lots of different shapes... but who cares when they taste so wonderful! They simply melt in the mouth and are utterly delicious.

viennese fingers

Viennese Fingers

Makes 20 fingers
Preparation time 20 minutes
Baking time 15 minutes

100g unsalted butter, softened
25g icing sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
100g plain flour
1 tsp cornflour
1/4 tsp baking powder
100g milk chocolate







  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 25g icing sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1tsp cornflour
  • 1/4tsp baking powder
  • 100g milk chocolate, chopped

  • Read more at http://www.womanandhome.com/recipes/534065/viennese-fingers#ayPgIXZ34DJsZ1iE.99






  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 25g icing sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1tsp cornflour
  • 1/4tsp baking powder
  • 100g milk chocolate, chopped

  • Read more at http://www.womanandhome.com/recipes/534065/viennese-fingers#ayPgIXZ34DJsZ1iE.99






  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 25g icing sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1tsp cornflour
  • 1/4tsp baking powder
  • 100g milk chocolate, chopped

  • Read more at http://www.womanandhome.com/recipes/534065/viennese-fingers#ayPgIXZ34DJsZ1iE.99
    Preheat the oven to 170C {325F} gas mark 3. Line a baking tray with baking parchment. 

    Place the butter, sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl and beat with a hand held electric mixer {or freestanding mixer if you have one} until pale and light. Sift in the flour, cornflour and baking powder and mix until everything is thoroughly combined and the mixture is smooth.

    Spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a medium star nozzle. Pipe fingers 10cm in length onto the baking tray. Pop into the oven for 10-15 minutes until they trurn a pale golden colour.

    Take out of the oven and leave to cool on the baking tray for 5 minutes to firm up, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Break up the chocolate, put in a heatproof bowl and melt in the microwave on half power in 30 second bursts. Dip each end of the fingers into the chocolate and put back onto the wire rack to set. The dipping bit is quite tricky as the fingers break very easily. I found that holding the fingers as low down near to the chocolate stopped them from breaking.

    Enjoy!

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    4 comments:

    1. I love these biscuits but have never tried making them. These look lovely

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    2. They look fab! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

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    3. I absolutely love viennese biscuits, yummy!

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    4. SUCH pretty biscuits, thanks for sharing them with Tea Time Treats!

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