Brazo de Mercedes With Calamansi Filling

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"Brazo de Mercedes, a Filipino favorite, normally has a sweet, dulce de leche type of filling. This meringue roll has a lemony custard instead. From Goldilocks Bakeshop, as found on PositivelyFilipino dot com. NOTE FOR OPTIONAL TECHNIQUE! Instead of a roll, make "cupcakes". Use sturdy cupcake liners (foil or the fancy stand-up kind) and pipe the meringue into the cups, leaving a hole in the center for the filling. Bake (maybe lower temp to 325 and cook a little longer than jelly roll) & cool. Pipe filling into hole, dust with powdered sugar."

Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (85 g)
  • Calories 208.9
  • Total Fat - 7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 127.2 mg
  • Sodium - 72.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 34.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0 g
  • Sugars - 33.1 g
  • Protein - 3 g
  • Calcium - 59.7 mg
  • Iron - 0.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg


Step 1

Combine condensed milk, evaporated milk, egg yolks and lemon rind in the top pan of a double boiler. Whisk together to blend the ingredients.

Step 2

Fill the bottom pan halfway with water. Place the top pan over and set over a medium flame.

Step 3

Cook the filling until it thickens. Add the butter and stir until melted and incorporated into the filling.

Step 4

Transfer the filling to a bowl and allow to cool over an ice bath.


Step 5

Preheat oven to 350° F

Step 6

Lightly brush a 12” x 16” x 1” sheet pan with vegetable oil, then line with parchment paper. Set aside.

Step 7

Place egg whites, cream of tartar and cornstarch in a mixing bowl with wire whip attachment. Mix for 30 seconds at low speed to blend the ingredients.

Step 8

Turn mixer to high speed and beat egg whites. Gradually add the sugar in a steady stream and continue beating for 4 minutes, or until medium peaks are formed.

Step 9

Pour meringue onto prepared sheet pan and spread evenly. With a decorator’s comb, level off the meringue, to create a wavy design.

Step 10

Bake the meringue in the center of the oven for 28 to 30 minutes.

Step 11

Once the meringue is baked, remove from pan and transfer immediately over a piece of cheesecloth that has been dusted generously with confectioner’s sugar. Ensure that the portion of the meringue with the wavy design lies on the cheesecloth.

Step 12

Spread 1 ½ cups of Brazo De Mercedes filling onto the bottom half of the meringue and roll the meringue. Arrange it on a plate and frost both ends with the remaining Brazo De Mercedes filling.

Tips & Variations

  • 12x16x1 Jelly roll pan

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