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Lemon Custard-Filled Cake Roll

Lemon Custard-Filled Cake RollThis classic Spanish dessert, a rolled sponge cake filled with a creamy lemon custard, is called brazo de gitano or 'gypsy’s arm'. Nobody seems to know how the cake got this name, though one explanation is that the cake roll is thick like a muscular gypsy’s arm. The luscious cream filling is often flavored with sherry, rum, caramel or coffee.

Recipe Ingredients:

Cream Filling:
1/3 cup corn starch
1/2 cup water
2 large egg yolks
1 (12-ounce) can NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Peel of 1/2 fresh lemon
1 cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons sweet sherry

Cake:
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, divided (to sprinkle on towel and for topping)
1 cup sifted flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Zest of 1/2 fresh lemon
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted, cooled
1/4 cup pine nuts
Ground cinnamon powder for dusting

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Filling: Dissolve cornstarch in water in medium, heavy-duty saucepan. Add egg yolks; mix well. Add evaporated milk, granulated sugar, salt, lemon peel and cinnamon stick. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with wooden spoon, until mixture just comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Strain into small bowl. Discard lemon peel and cinnamon. Stir in sherry. Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.
  2. For Cake: Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan; line with wax paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle a thin, cotton kitchen towel with 1/2 cup powdered sugar.
  3. Combine flour and salt in small bowl. Beat eggs in medium mixer bowl until foamy. Gradually add granulated sugar and the lemon rind. Beat for 4 minutes or until very light and fluffy. Stir in flour and salt. Lightly fold in butter. Quickly pour batter into prepared pan; spread evenly.
  4. Bake for 8 to 9 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool completely on wire rack. (Otherwise, the cake will be difficult to roll.)
  5. To Fill Cake: Unroll cake, remove towel. Spread filling over cake. Top with pine nuts. Reroll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar and cinnamon before serving.

Makes 10 servings.

Recipe and photograph are the property of Nestlé® and Meals.com, used with permission.