Brazo de Mercedes
The Filipino version is called Brazo de Mercedes or Crème-Filled Log Cake. This very sweet and decadent treat is made of two components – the light flavored and sponge-like meringue and the rich custard filling. The meringue just literally melts in your mouth and the sweetness of the custard balances it off. This is truly the sweet lover’s delight.
Some people may think that it is hard to make, but it really isn’t. As long as you have all the ingredients, then you are ready to have a taste of this heavenly delight. If you find it too sweet for your taste, you can easily adjust the amount of sugar in the recipe according to your preference. You can never go wrong with this sweet treat, and you will be coming back for seconds and even thirds.
Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Yield: 6-8 servings
8 egg yolks
14 oz condensed milk
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsp shortening
10 egg whites
4 tbsp confectioners sugar
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
2. To prepare the filling, heat a saucepan, and add the condensed milk and egg yolks. Stir constantly until it thickens. Add the sugar and shortening and continue stirring for another 5 minutes. Remove from pan and set it aside.
3. For the meringue, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar together in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until peaks are formed.
4. Gradually add the vanilla extract and sugar. Continue the mixing until it becomes semi-firm.
5. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and grease it. Pour the meringue mixture on the entire baking tray. Bake it for about 10 minutes or until the top has turned brown.
6. Transfer the meringue to another greased baking tray lined with waxed paper with the brown side at the bottom.
7. Spread the filling on the meringue. Roll it into a log. Sprinkle the top with some confectioners sugar.
8. Transfer to a serving plate.
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