Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thursday’s Side Dish: Brazo de Mercedes

A luscious dessert roll
This luxurious Filipino dessert is not overrated. The Spanish name Brazo de Mercedes translates into arm of Mary. You will need 8 to 10 eggs to make this dish from scratch but we cheated by purchasing the mass produced version by Goldilocks. The dessert consists of a rolled meringue that’s filled with rich egg crème custard. The sponge-like shell of sweet meringue melts in your mouth and contrasts with the rich and dense yellow egg custard in the middle. Cream of tartar keeps the meringue from collapsing while condensed milk lends more richness and a lot of sugary sweetness to the golden custard. Look for yellow boxes of premade rolls in your local Filipino foods mart.

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