Brazo de Mercedes

I am so happy that I have perfectly made this recipe, Brazo de Mercedes. Well, perfect enough for a first-timer. Brazo de Mercedes is one of my favourite desserts that I've never thought I could bake. However, to my surprise it was just so easy and only very few ingredients needed. It only challenged me during the rolling of the meringue, other than that everything was fine.

  • 7 large raw eggs, yolks and whites separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners sugar
  • 1 big can condensed milk

  1. Preheat the oven to 180oC.
  2. Combine egg whites and cream of tartar then beat using an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
  3. Make the meringue by gradually adding the granulated sugar while mixing the ingredients.
  4. Add vanilla extract. Continue mixing until the texture is semi-firm.
  5. Place wax paper on top of a baking pan and grease the surface.
  6. Place the meringue on top of the greased wax paper then spread evenly using a spatula.
  7. Bake the meringue for 20 to 30 minutes or until the color of the top part turns light to medium brown.
  8. While the meringue is in the oven, make the filling by combining the egg yolks and condensed milk in a small cooking pot. Apply heat and cook the mixture while continuously stirring until the texture becomes thick.
  9. Add the vanilla extract to the condensed milk and egg yolk mixture, turn off the heat, and mix thoroughly. Set aside.
  10. Remove the meringue from the oven and cool down for a few minutes.
  11. Sprinkle the confectioners sugar on top of the meringue then place wax paper on the top part of the meringue followed by a similar sized baking pan or tray. The meringue should now be in the middle of two baking trays.
  12. Flip the meringue: the new cookie sheet/baking tray placed on top should now be below.
  13. Remove the baking tray and the wax paper (you should now see the opposite side of the baked meringue).
  14. Spread the filling the meringue.
  15. Roll the meringue. Complete rolling side to side starting at the longest side. Make sure that the layer with filling is rolled inward.
  16. Transfer to a serving plate.
  17. Serve and enjoy!

See this video from Panlasang Pinoy for more detailed procedure:

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