Brazo de Mercedes (Creme-filled Log Cake)

Goldilocks’ is a household name when it comes to desserts, cakes and pastries. Whenever you think of something to bring home to your wife, kids, old folks and friends you’ll drop by at any Goldilocks’ outlet for some “pasalubong”. One of the favorite desserts you’ll pick is the Brazo de Mercedes. Now that’s Christmas is near and prices are up, why not whip up your own Brazo de Mercedes? When you have perfected the process, you can give it as a Christmas gift this yuletide season.

Brazo de Mercedes (Creme-filled Log Cake)
  • 5 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 8 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup toasted and finely ground cashew nuts
  • 10 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cooking the Filling
  1. In a saucepan, simmer milk over low heat until reduced to 2 cups.
  2. Add sugar, butter and vanilla extract, stirring all the while. Remove from heat.
  3. Beat egg yolks in mixing bowl. To egg yolks, gradually add milk mixture by spoonfuls, beating all the while. Stir well to avoid curdling.
  4. Add cashew nuts and continue cooking entire mixture over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture has consistency of a paste. Set aside.
Cooking the Meringue
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Beat egg whites until stiff.
  3. Gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating continuously. Stir in vanilla.
  4. Line large cookie sheet with parchment paper greased with butter and spread meringue on top.
  5. Bake until brown.
  6. Spread the filling evenly on top of meringue and roll into a log.
  7. Brush with butter and brown again in oven.


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