Brazo de Mercedes


Brazo de Mercedes

To my surprise, I came home today with a big log of Brazo de Mercedes and some Danish pastries that my wife had baked. It was a feast! And this post is about it. This dish is one of her specialties and this is frequently requested by friends and families when there is a gathering which means only one thing, this dessert is so good.

Warning this is only for those who have a sweet tooth! Brazo de Mercedes (A Spanish word for Mercedes’ arms) a popular Filipino dessert which is made from a sheet of soft meringue rolled around a custard filling. This is a common cake served during special occasions but we barely make them in the Philippines as it is easier and cheaper to buy in Goldilocks, the bakeshop which popularized it. Even if it’s given a Spanish name I guess it does not have any Spanish origin at all as I never had come across any meringue dishes from a Mediterranean cuisine similar to Brazo de Mercedes.

Ingredients (Filling Condensed Milk Version)

2 cups Condensed milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
10 egg yolks
1/4 cup ground toasted cashew nuts
Zest of 1 lemon

Ingredients (Filling Full Cream Milk Version)

4 cups Full Cream milk
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp vanilla extract
10 egg yolks
1/4 cup ground toasted cashew nuts
Zest of 1 lemon

Ingredients (Meringue)

10 egg whites
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cream of tartar

Method (Filling Condensed Milk Version)

1. Beat egg yolks in a bowl then set aside.
2. In a saucepan combine together condensed milk, egg yolks, vanilla extract, cashew nuts and zest of lemon.
3. Place in low heat and once they thicken (consistency should be like a paste) turn the heat off and let it cool.

Method (Filling Full Cream Milk Version)

1. In a saucepan mix together milk and sugar, reduce mixture to 2 cups in very low heat.  The final consistency should be like a condensed milk.  Once consitency is thick add butter and mix well.
2. Beat egg yolks in a bowl then set aside.
3. In a saucepan combine together home made condensed milk, egg yolks, vanilla extract, cashew nuts and zest of lemon.
4. Place in low heat and once they thicken (consistency should be like a paste) turn the heat off and let it cool.

Method (Meringue)

1. Preheat oven to 200C.
2. Beat egg whites together with cream of tartar until stiff.
3. Now gradually add 1 cup sugar while beating then stir in vanilla.
4. Line a large cookie sheet with baking paper greased with butter.
5. Spread meringue mixture on the top of the paper then bake until top is brown which about 10 minutes is.
6. Have another greased baking tray ready again line with greased waxed paper. Invert the egg white meringue onto this waxed paper so that brown side is below.
7. Spread filling on the egg white meringue then fold one side of the meringue and roll to form a log. Dust with icing sugar.

Please note I updated the recipe below to separate 2 versions of custard filling to avoid confusion.

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34 thoughts on “Brazo de Mercedes

  1. Seems like your wife have great cooking skills just like you Raymund but I can’t say the same about my hubby, the most is frying a egg or making instant noodles. You know I am not into so much of desserts but sure its look very nice and love the name of it all the more.

  2. Now you KNOW I have a sweet tooth! Please tell your wife she is so talented! This is a beautiful and delicious looking roll cake and I have never made one of those! It is so intimidating to me. I love how light and airy it looks and you are right, my friend, when something gets requested ALOT it certainly MUST be wonderful! Have a very happy holiday.

  3. Yum, looks like a marriage of the filling of custard taarts and Pavlova… yum double yum!
    MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family Raymund, I hope you have a fabulous day (The food from your kitchen will be excellent, of that I have no doubt). HUGS… kiwi :)

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  5. hi. I love your blog and I have made 3 so far from your recipes. I need help with this recipe. when I greased the wax paper with butter, the meringue kinda got stuck to the paper. also, is there a better way to spread the filling on top of the meringue because somehow, the filling wouldn’t spread easily…it’s like stuck to the spatula. what did I do wrong? thank you…

    • Removing the wax paper is really a tricky part, what we do is really gently and slowly remove it a bit of patience is needed here. As for the filling best is to do it while hot so its softer and easier to handle. Hope this helps, it took us lot of practice to perfect it.

    • Hi Jo, never had the problem. I used a greased baking sheet (the type it says no need to grease) then still put butter. It comes right off easily.

  6. Oh how I love making pastries, specially brazo de mercedes. But i was so disappointed, everytime i roll the merengue, it always ends up broken! Please share me the technique so my brazo de mercedes would look perfectly like yours! Thanks and more power to your blogs.

    • Same here we still rip it off sometimes, I guess practice really makes it perfect. The only thing I can share is use a really good quality wax paper so it really does not stick and do everything carefully.

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    • Sorry what do you mean by flat? Is it less than an inch thick? If that’s the case the egg white was not beaten properly or some sort of grease or egg yolk contaminated the whites for it to properly fluff

  8. I love brazo de Mercedes, and I tried it so many times but unfortunately mine was not a success, I will try your wife’s recipe and hopefully I could make a perfect cylindrical shape.thanks very much for this….., have a good day!

  9. Hi, with this procedure 1. In a saucepan mix together milk and sugar, reduce mixture to 2 cups in very low heat. The final consistency should be like a condensed milk. Once consitency is thick add butter and mix well. — Do I let this mixture cool down?

    • Yes it is like you arr making ypur own condensed milk. Cooling is not really required but it will help and give you a more managable thick custard.

  10. Thank you for your wife’s recipe! It was really good. :) I used the full cream milk version so I can control the sweetness.. instead of 1 cup of sugar I just used 3/4 cup of sugar. Thank you again!

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