A favourite Filipino dessert, brazo de Mercedes means "arm of our Lady of Mercy". This Spanish-influenced recipe is rich, sweet and sticky, and is one of Luzviminda’s favourites because it’s also spectacular to look at. Best eaten on the day of making.
- 8 eggs, separated
- 395 g condensed milk
- 1 lime or lemon, zested
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter, plus extra, melted, for greasing
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 110 g (½ cup) caster (superfine) sugar
- toasted slivered almonds, for decorating
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.
Chilling time 1 hour