I have been trying to make Braso de Mercedes forever. Each time I tried, I have failed. For those who does not know what Braso is, it is a Swiss Roll but the cake is made of a soft meringue and filled with a sweet custard. Every time I try to form the Swiss roll, it would break or crack on me. I would stomp and scream all over my kitchen. What made it worse is that The Husband would give his 2 cents even through he has yet to make it. This would result to more stomping. When I found the recipe for Canonigo and I was so excited. I thought, I don’t have to roll the horrible thing. I’m also not a huge fan of the filling, I like a thin layer but not too thick. This recipe allows you to put as much as you want. I found this recipe from Oggi’s I can do it Blog. When I made it, The Husband was a little leery of it but once I made him taste it, he ate most of the cake. I had to make two: one for us and one for my god-child’s birthday party.
(Adapted from Oggi’s I Can Do it)
1 1/2 Cup of Sugar (separate 1/2 cup of sugar for the meringue)
1 Tsp of Cream of Tartar
8 Eggs Separated
1 Cup of Condense Milk
1 Tsp of Vanilla
- Heat the oven to 350F and place a large pan in the oven with water to create the Bain-Marie.
- Cook 1 Cup of sugar in a small sauce pan until it becomes melts to a caramel.
- Immediately pour into a 9 inch pan. I used a Bundt pan the first time. Set aside.
- While the caramel cooked, take the egg whiles, cream of tartar, and sugar into a mixing bowl. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
- Start whipping the egg whites until it becomes soft peaks.
- Put the egg whites into the prepared pan and cook it in the Bain-Marie for an hour to an hour and a half.
- While that is cooking, cook the custard.
- Cook the egg yolks, vanilla, and condense milk in a double broiler.
- Continue mix until it thickens.
- Remove for the broiler and let it cool
- When the meringue is cooked, let it cool and remove the meringue from the pan.
- Serve with the custard.
I made a smaller version of this for us. This is the cake when I took it out of the oven. The Husband said it looks like a mushroom.
This is what it looks like once it is flipped.
I was trying to make it nice have the custard on top of the slice but as I took the pic, it kinda fell