A Frozen Brazo de Mercedes Recipe For Serious Dessert Lovers

This dessert has everything from a crisp crust to a cool, creamy filling.

IMAGE Patrick Martires

Traditionally made up of a sweet egg yolk curd that is rolled into a sheet of lighty toasted meringue, brazo de mercedes is a dessert that is difficult to stop digging into. Get into some next-level baking by tweaking the classic recipe by adding a layer of ice cream! Frozen brazo de mercedes is the perfect summer treat—a mixture of crunchy and smooth textures, and with a refreshingly cool bite.


Looking for a no-bake version? Spread the meringue layer over the top of your frozen brazo just before serving, then lightly toast the meringue with a blowtorch. 



Makes 2 (9-inch) loaves


For the meringue
6 egg whites
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plus 1/8 cup sugar
confectioners' sugar for dusting

For the custard filling
9 egg yolks

2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2  (300-gram) can condensed milk
1/4  cup butter
1/2  teaspoon vanilla

For the crust
1 cup crushed graham crackers
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons melted butter
2 cups strawberry ice cream, softened


1  Make the meringue: Whisk egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar and salt. Gradually add sugar. Continue whisking until stiff peaks form. Bake in a 9x9-inch baking pan  at 300ºF for 1 hour. Invert on parchment paper dusted with confectioners' sugar.

2  Make the custard filling: In a bowl, whisk together yolks, sugar, and condensed milk. Place in a double boiler. Cook until thick. Remove from heat then add butter and vanilla. Cool.

3  Make the crust: Combine ingredients. Mix well and press onto the bottom of 2 (9-inch) loaf pans. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool. Set aside and chill.

4  To assemble: Spread a thin layer of custard filling over the chilled crust. Add a layer of softened ice cream. Cut meringue into 2, making sure the pieces fit into the pans. Place over the ice cream layer. Dust with confectioner’s sugar. Cover with foil or plastic wrap; freeze before unmolding. 


Layering tip:
 For the ice cream layer, you can opt to use vanilla ice cream or your favorite ice cream flavors. Want to try something new? Use frozen yogurt instead!




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