Guam's best bakeries: Manny's Bake Shop

by Arlene Castro
The Guam Guide

Brazo de Mercedes (Arm of Mercedes) is an interesting Filipino dessert that has sparked intrigue into its true origin. Whether it was named after an actual Filipina grandmother or if it was inspired by Hispanic influences, what may offer a clue is the use of a lot of egg yolks. Eggs yolks are a common ingredient in Spanish desserts. The egg whites are just as essential as it makes the meringue cake the vanilla custard is rolled in, much like a Swiss roll. It’s best to cut it into slices right before serving. Manny’s bake shop is one of the only places on island where you can find this classic dessert, baked locally.

Sans rival (without rival) is a layered bar of buttery-crisp cookie crumbs, almond custard and chopped almonds. This rich pastry is a favorite during the holidays, but is now made available year-round. Manny’s Bake shop also carries many almond-flavored pastries, and custards that may be bought in cups or is used as an ingredient in many of its recipes.

Cheeseburger baked buns are filled with steaming-hot ground beef in a chewy, baked bun sprinkled with sesame seeds on top. Break it open and the melted cheese that comes oozing out tastes so creamy and tangy, it adds a deep richness to the burger filling.

Manny’s Bake Shop is located at Hafa Adai Exchange, Marine Corps. Drive, adjacent to the FHP clinic in Tamuning.

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