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Lemon Walnut Meringue Roulade -Filipino inspired

Lemon Walnut Meringue Roulade -Filipino inspired

If you like flavors that are a mix of tart and sweet, then this Lemon Walnut Meringue Roulade is the dessert for you.  I’m not a gluten-free baking expert but somehow, this recipe I made doesn’t require any use of flour at all.  The main ingredients include egg whites, lemon and ground up walnuts.

Lemon Walnut Meringue Roulade

Lemon Walnut Meringue Roulade is an homage to a Filipino Dessert called Brazo de Mercedes, a similar rolled meringue with a custard filling.  The flavor of the Filipino Brazo is delicately sweet (not tangy) and custardy.   Since I like tart desserts, I wanted the usually mild meringue to be full of flavor.  The simple walnut filling compliments the lemony meringue and adds texture to an otherwise almost too fluffy dessert.

Lemon Walnut Meringue Roulade

The flavor profile for this dessert is tangy and mildly sweet.  The addition of strawberries lends a fruity berry flavor.  Any fruit may be added to the recipe.  Think of this Lemon Walnut Meringue as a base.  It’s your canvass. Add fruit, cream, chocolate, or even cheese – hey, why not? Be creative, have fun, make it yours.

Lemon Walnut Meringue Roulade

Notes on Lemon Walnut Meringue Roulade

  • start whipping egg whites on low
  • gradually increase speed of mixer once sugar is dissolved
  • add lemon gradually at soft peak stage
  • continue whipping meringue to stiff peaks
  • here’s a helpful video about whipping egg whites by Everyday Food 
  • store in refrigerator for 3 days

Recommended Fruits to use:

  • Mango
  • Blueberry or Raspberry
  • Apples
  • Pears

Is the sauce necessary?

The sauce is optional. Jellies or Jams can also be used for the dessert and will compliment the flavors of the tart meringue well. For this dessert, I cooked down strawberries with some water and light corn syrup. I processed the mixture in a food processor and strained it.

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Lemon Walnut Meringue Roulade

Lemon Walnut Meringue Roulade

A tangy sweet lemon meringue with a mildly flavored walnut filling. If you like flavors that are a mix of tart and sweet, then this Lemon Walnut Meringue Roulade is the dessert for you. 

  • Author: AmusingMaria
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8
  • Category: Sweets
  • Method: meringue
  • Cuisine: Filipino inspired

Ingredients

For Meringue

6 egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
 

For Filling

3/4 cup chopped walnuts 
lemon zest from one lemon
1/8 tsp vanilla
sugar according to taste
water as needed
 

Garnish

Sliced Strawberries
Strawberry Sauce

Instructions

For Walnut Filling

  • Mix all ingredients in food processor
  • Process to desired consistency by adding water
  • Add sugar according to taste
 

For Lemon Walnut Meringue Roulade

  • Wipe tools with lemon juice 
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Line a 9 x 13 sheet with parchment paper
  • Whisk egg whites on low until frothy
  • Gradually add sugar per tablespoon 
  • Egg whites will turn white and fluffy
  • Gradually add lemon juice
  • Whisk on medium speed until smooth, shiny, and forms stiff peaks
  • Spread meringue evenly on cookie sheet 
  • Bake for 13 to 15 minutes until golden brown
  • Remove from oven and cool (meringue will deflate)
  • Line walnut filling on meringue, spread gently
  • Lift parchment from one end and start rolling carefully
  • Serve with strawberry sauce and fresh strawberries (optional)

Notes

  • start by whipping egg whites on low
  • gradually increase speed of mixer once sugar is dissolved
  • whip meringue to stiff peaks
  • can be stored in refrigerator for 3 days

Keywords: Lemon Walnut Meringue Roulade

What to do with extra egg yolks? Try this scrumptiously smooth and creamy Leche Flan Recipe!

Want to try and make Brazo de Mercedes? Here is a recipe from Kawaling Pinoy.

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