Weekend Cooking: Brazo de Mercedes

Brazo de Mercedes – a dessert vastly made up of eggs – reminds me so much of my childhood. It’s one of those pastries I’d always stare at the bakery display shelf but cannot buy because it’s expensive.

But life is like that – you’d dream of getting something, with some hard work you learn the ropes and then eventually you will know how to make it and after a few minutes eat it 😜

This is surprisingly very easy maybe because I’ve gotten used to the tedious process of making macarons. Anyhoo before I go any further, here’s the recipe so you can try it out yourself

NOTE: This is a very small serving, it’s so small it fit on to a very small rectangular plate

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Ingredients
: (serves 5 people who just had a meal and just want something sweet to satisfy their dessert craving)

Meringue:

6 egg whites

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

a pinch of salt

1/2 cup fine white sugar

Filling:

6 egg yolks

4 Tbsp butter

1/4 cup white sugar

Procedure:

Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius.

Whisk together the egg whites and salt until some bubbles appear. Add in the cream of tartar and whisk on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually and the sugar and whisk on high until the  foam becomes slightly glossy. Transfer to a baking pan covered with baking paper, spread evenly using a spatula and bake for around 25-30 minutes.

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(My oven have an uneven heat distribution so I had to rotate it a couple of times to get even browning on top) once the top has nicely browned, remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack.

Put around 4 cups of water on the bottom pan of a double boiler and heat until some steam is coming off. In the top layer of a double boiler, combine the egg yolks, sugar and butter and whisk until butter has melted. Once the butter has melted just continue mixing until the liquid has thickened – around 15 to 20 minutes. Once done, let it cool for a bit.

When the meringue has cooled down, remove the baking paper and transfer to a plate (or any clean flat surface) with the brown side down. Spread the filling and roll nice and slow 😊

Tadah! Done!

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(Beverage note: goes well with green tea)

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