Soft Meringue Roll with Kalamansi Custard Fillings
Braso de Mercedes
A quintessential Filipino dessert that is worth the calories! I think generally when people people think of meringue they immediately think it the hard texture that many are used to. Braso de Mercedes is light and soft with vanilla custard and kalamansi flavour. Trust me once you eat you will not forget about it! Traditionally there are no vanilla or kalamansi flavouring added.
During the Spanish colonial, they were progressively building churches all over Philippines. The Spanish had to whip up an argamaza, or mortar, to bind bricks with and egg whites were used for the argamaza and the palitada, or plaster finish. The albumen in the egg white made a sturdy binder that keeps centuries-old churches intact to this very day.
There were plenty of egg yolks left over from making argamaza being thrown in the rivers, the Filipinas saw this, they decided to take action and created recipes out of the egg yolks left over. In many of Filipino desserts we have a lot of yolk base dessert like Yema. If you think about about it, the fillings for Braso is a softer yema.
The word ‘Braso’ literally means arm and Mercedes is a lady’s name. So it’s Mercedes’s Arm.
This is my husband’s Filipino favourite dessert so you know this recipe is made with lots of love (so kilig!) He could eat a whole roll if I let him, haha! I know I know, he is one lucky man!