My Brazo de Mercedes Horror Story

July 11, 2008 at 11:44 pm 7 comments

I was desperately craving for Brazo de Mercedes. Since they don’t have it here in Japan, I googled for a recipe hoping I will be able to “simulate” it. Here’s what I found. (I am tamad, so I won’t even bother trying to edit this. I’ll just copy and paste the recipe. Sue me. Nah, thanks to this site:




  • 5 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup finely ground and toasted cashew nuts
  • 10 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cooking Instructions:


  • In a saucepan, simmer milk over low heat until reduced to 2 cups. Add sugar, butter, and vanilla extract, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  • Beat egg yolks in mixing bowl. Add a little of the milk to the egg yolks, stir, then gradually add mixture by spoonfuls back into the saucepan, beating constantly. Stir well to avoid curdling.
  • Add cashew nuts and continue cooking entire mixture over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture has the consistency of a paste. Set aside.


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Beat egg whites until stiff. Gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating continuously. Stir in vanilla.
  • Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper greased with butter and spread meringue on top. Bake until brown.
  • Spread filling evenly on top of meringue and roll into a log.
  • Brush with butter and brown again in oven.


I had everything on the ingredients list, so I proceeded on having a go at it. Bahala na si Batman. (I quartered the proportion of all the ingredients since I will only be feeding myself.)

As always, since my kitchen isn’t really a kitchen but a cube with a hotplate, ricecooker and a microwave/convection oven, I did the impossible. My filling turned out great. But my meringue was terrible! See, I do everything by hand and I beat my eggwhites using a fork! Yes, a fork! (That’s how cruel single, nomadic living is. Nonetheless, it’s still pretty fun!) Back to our subject.

So, I had to “fluff” the freaking eggwhites, right? And there I was, beating the crap out of it for half an hour (while watching “Sex in the City” reruns in my laptop), so I thought, maybe what I made was “fluffy” enough. I really haven’t seen how fluffy a meringue should be so I was taking a guess. Also, I had to stop because my arms felt like I had been rowing for miles or something.

After doing the rest of the instructions, I put the thing in the oven and let it brown… alas, my meringue turned out into something like baked egg whites with sugar and vanilla. Ay ambot! The recipe was supposed to be the generic Brazo de Mercedes recipe and I still managed to ruined (<– Rawr! How can I miss this?) it. Oh well. Practice makes perfect, so they say.

Anyway, so I had this pseudo Brazo de Mercedes and I still ate it. I saved some of the filling and stored it in the ref. I could use some custard dessert tomorrow.


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. chocoliya  |  July 15, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    gurl, invest in a hand beater! mas dasig and mas fluffy ang egg whites mo =)

  • 2. edzmaya  |  July 15, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    haha! how fluffy should it be ba ley? like soap suds? anyways, i’m still seriously thinking if i’ll venture into the mercedes de brazo route soon or not. daw na dudla ko abi. maybe when i get that hand beater, i will.

  • 3. sarski  |  July 16, 2008 at 2:31 am

    one indication is the mixture should form peaks that can stand on their own for a while when you lift up your hand mixer (or fork in your case) after beating the crap out of it 🙂

  • 4. chocoliya  |  July 16, 2008 at 9:46 am

    hrmmm, kta mo na ang commercial sg mga detergent soaps? ang daw taas² na bala ang bubbles sa labador? make the bubbles super small nga daw whipped cream na ang chura ka mixture.

    sarski was right when she said it should form peaks when you lift the hand mixer =)

  • 5. edzmaya  |  July 16, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    hmmm… thanks girls!
    i should definitely definitely keep that in mind next time… bubbles like the ones in the labador! hehe. 🙂

  • 6. sarski  |  July 22, 2008 at 9:29 am

    good luck on your next brazo de mercedes project! ok lang na kung tinidor gihapon ang gamit mo sa pag-mix sang egg whites. at least, may upper arm exercise ka. hehehe!

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