swabian wibele
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Swabian Wibele – the royal cookies hardly anyone knows about

I grew up in a small town in southern Germany not far away from an even smaller town called Langenburg. So whenever I got a good mark, or my mother wanted to treat us we got Swabian Wibele. They are tiny cookies made from a similar dough as sponge cake and the shape of a figure 8.

Swabian Wibele were first made in 1763 by the court cook of the prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. You can get the “Echte Wibele” (real Wibele) to this day only at Café Bauer in Langenburg. But throughout southern Germany, you can find them under the name Wibele or “Schwäbische Wibele”. They got their name from their inventor Jakob Christian Carl Wibel.

I am not the only one that loves Wibele! There are some very famous people that share that opinion with me. The current Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg’s grandfather Gottfried of Hohenlohe-Langenburg was married to Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark Prince Philip’s sister, so they are closely related to the British royals. When Queen Elisabeth visited Germany in 1965 she was given Swabian Wibele as a present. Even though the Queen herself hasn’t visited the area since then, Prince Philip and Prince Charles are said to be more frequent visitors. And how could they visit Langenburg without having some Swabian Wibele?!

The Queen accepting Swabian Wibele in Langenburg (the funny English alone is worth watching):

Since Wibele only exist in Baden-Württemberg they are hard to come along outside this area. They are a real speciality. Now, of course, I don’t have the secret recipe, but this comes really close if you ask me! My brother really loves the recipe! Typically they should form little feet like macarons. I achieved this with this recipe before. But depending on the oven or the wrong temperature while drying they sometimes don’t form feet. Unlike Macarons, they are still very enjoyable without! Swabian Wibele are enjoyed mostly on their own or with coffee alongside cake or other sweets.

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Swabian Wibele

They are a Swabian speciality that among others Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth have enjoyed before.

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 150 g icing sugar sieved
  • 1 tbsp vanilla sugar
  • 150 g flour sieved

Instructions

  • Beat the eggs and sieved sugars in a stand mixer until foamy and slightly stiff.
  • Mix in the flour but try not to break the structure of the beaten dough.
  • Put the dough into a piping bag and cut off the tip (or use a small round piping tip). Pipe small dots on a greased baking tray or parchment paper. For the typical Wibele shape put two dots closer to each other so they connect a little bit. The dots should be about 5 mm in diameter.
  • Let the Wibele dry for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 140°C (280°F).
  • Bake the Wibele for 10-15 mins depending on your oven. They should be golden and not stick to the baking tray anymore. Let cool before eating.
Linda

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