We can eat avocado for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, we don’t have many opportunities to eat our favorite superfruit for dessert. Well, have no fear folks, one bakery in California took matters into their own hands and created avocado Brazo to tantalize our tastebuds.
What is Brazo de Mercedes?
Brazo de Mercedes, or Brazo, roughly translates from Spanish to “Arm of our lady of Mercy” in English. This dessert is a traditional Filipino meringue roll with a custard filling. It is typically dusted with powdered sugar and dates back to the Spanish colonial period. During this time, builders used egg whites for mortar and plaster in Spanish-Filipino colonial architecture. Brazo is likely one of several desserts that emerged as a result of repurposing the leftover egg yolks.
Unlike similar Filipino desserts, we make this one with meringue, so it does not need flour. The meringue also contains cream of tartar and granulated sugar. The custard filling is traditionally made from egg yolks, sugar, and milk.
Maria Makes’ Avocado Brazo
In San Juan, folks at a bakery called Maria Makes have created their own version of the popular Filipino dessert – with avocado. Their version of avocado Brazo is a hybrid of fluffy meringue, graham crackers, yema custard, and avocado ice cream!
A few months into the pandemic, the mother-daughter team at Maria Makes decided to start selling their homemade avocado Brazo, a family recipe they’ve kept secret and perfected for over a decade. As in many Filipino households, this dessert was always a staple for family gatherings such as Christmas and other special occasions. The avocado twist was to keep things interesting. They also offer flavors like peach mango, cookies and cream, salted caramel, and matcha.
Find them on Instagram : @mariamakes.ph