Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A Tasty Mess--Brazo de Mercedes

I adapted this recipe from My finished product didn't quite turn out how i wanted it to...but it tasted great. Next time I'm going to follow my own recipe for custard because this one turned out very runny :(

Fresh Milk 5 cups
Granulated Sugar 1 cup
Butter 2 tablespoons
Vanilla Extract 1 tablespoon
Egg Yolks 8 pieces
Cashew (I used almonds), finely ground 1/4 cup

Egg whites 8 pieces
Granulated Sugar 1 cup
Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon

In a saucepan, simmer milk over low heat until reduced to 2 cups. Add sugar, butter, and vanilla extract stirri ng constantly. Remove from heat and add in a thin stream to beaten egg yolks, stir well to prevent curdling. Add nuts and continue cooking mixture over low heat, until it comes to the consistency of a paste. Set aside to cool to spreading consistency.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees farenheit. Beat eggwhites until stiff, gradually add 1 cup sugar beating continuously, stir in vanilla. Line jelly roll pan with parchment paper, grease with butter. Spread meinue evenly. Bake for 20 minutes. Spread filling on top and carefully roll into a tight log/ Brush with butter and brown in oven again. Remove to rack and cool.

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