Wednesday, February 18, 2015

How to Make Brazo de Mercedes

(The following is the text and recipe on my latest Youtube Posting)

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's.

My husband and I spent a lovely evening at my friends house, Lingling and Oscar. (Thanks guys for inviting us over) We had dinner by the fire, and that was as good as it gets especially in this cold winter here in STL.

Speaking of cold winter, I'm not complaining about it, because it gives me more reasons to stay home and hone in my baking skills.

So,  I'm going to share with you is Brazo de Mercedes. Brazo de Mercedes literally means Mercedes' arm.  But it's actually a meringue roll filled with custard filling. After so many failed attempts, I had to call my aunt Nana Ming, who is based in Canada and asked her tips on how to make braze de Mercedes.  So join me for a few minutes and I will let you know what she had shared with me.

For the meringue:

10 egg whites
1 1/4 c of sugar
1 tbsp of vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 c of confectioner's sugar foresting

For the filling 

1 c condensed milk
1 c evaporated milk
8 egg yolks
lemon zest (you could op to add the rind as well)


For the meringue

Preheat oven  to 350 degrees.
First is for us to separate the egg whites from the yolks.  We will use the egg whites for the meringue and the yolks for the filling. As Nana Ming suggested, we use a small bowl to separate the egg whites from the yolks.  Because, if you drop even a tiny spec of yolk into the egg whites, there is a chance that your meringue won't rise.

Then, we beat the egg whites on high speed.
When soft peaks start to form add the cream of tartar.
While we're beating our eggs, start prepping up your pan by spraying  Pam oil. Add the parchment paper and spray PAM on top again.

Now that stiff peaks are formed, we are now allowed to add the sugar. Add the sugar gradually  while still beating the eggs.

Now we add the vanilla extract.  Then the cornstarch.  The cornstarch will make your brazo fluffy yet firm. Do not overbeat

Now that it's done, it's time to add the lemon zest. You could also use lime or if you have calamansi the better.

The next thing you have to do is to spread the meringue on the prepared sheet that you made. Spread the egg mixture on a large baking tray lined with parchment paper.  Bake for about 30 -40 minutes.

For the filling:

Mix all the ingredients and simmer it on a double broiler  Continue stirring until the mixture is reduced to a  thick and creamy mixture. Add the lemon zest and continue stirring.  

Spread the filling on the sheet of meringue and roll them together.  Sprinkle a generous amount of confectioners sugar.


  1. looks really yum! Hope to try it someday!

  2. I have prepared another version of this before and loved it. I think I'll try this one too.


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