Serradura ( Portuguese sawdust pudding)

Who doesn’t like quick fix recipes , I know I do !!!, and quick fix desert recipes are the best kind.Β Today I’d like to share yet another simple dessert that is quick to put together, although you still need to wait to enjoy it as it requires some time to set. So this makes for a great make ahead dessert! This no cook yet fancy dessert is known as Serradura, a Portuguese pudding!

Serradura actually translates to sawdust in Portuguese. In this dessert, the powdered biscuits ( Mostly Marie/Maria biscuits) are used ,which gives it the “sawdust” texture. And no, the biscuit here is not the bread as it’s commonly known in the US, that I’m referring to. In Europe and India, a biscuit is simply a cookie.

Here is a little info from Wiki, about this interesting dessert- “Serradura is a dessert originated in Portugal which became famous in Macau. It is a very common dessert that can be easily found in different restaurants and bakeries in Macau. And that is why Serradura is chosen as one of the must-try food of Macau.It was introduced to Macau during the time when Macau was under the colonial rule of Portugal. It can also be found in Hong Kong and various Portuguese and Spanish-speaking countries.”

Since Goa was a former Portuguese colony, this dessert is quite popular in Goa too. I really have no clue whether it was introduced into Goa by the Portueguese themselves or via Macau. But I know one thing for sure, that this decadent pudding not only looks exotic but is super simple to put together. Β This is an egg free dessert, that uses 4 basic ingredients. Make this at your next party and impress your guests, but do keep in mind to have small serving portions, as this dessert is luxuriously rich! Want to add flavors? Go ahead and flavor up the whipped cream with whatever you fancy, don’t like Marie biscuits, then use Oreo or any other of your choice. So may variations and endless possibilities! But for now, I’m sharing with you, just what I intended to share – the traditional way πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

Ingredients- Measuring cup used, 1 Cup = 250 ml, 1 teaspoon = 5 ml

1/2 pint ( 1 cup ) heavy whipping cream

1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk, adjust as per desired sweetness

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

16-18 Marie biscuits

Cherries/chocolate shavings, for garnishing, as required


1.Transfer the Marie biscuits in to a food processor/blender and make a fine powder that almost looks like sawdust.

2.In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment/ or use a hand blender, add in the chilled heavy cream, beat on medium high speed until it forms soft peaks.

3. Now add in the condensed milk along with the vanilla extract and beat until it forms stiff peak. Do not over beat or else you will end up with butter.

4.Assembling the pudding- Spoon the whipped cream mixture in a serving glass ( You may use a piping bag like I did, for a neater finish), then top with the crushed marie biscuit powder, continue layering with the cream and marie biscuit powder, ending with the cream layer. Sprinkle some of the crushed marie biscuit powder on top, and refrigerate it for about 4-6 hours so that it sets well. Garnish with cherries or chocolate shavings and serve chilled.

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  1. Komal gupta says:

    Please tell except condensed milk what can I use..
    What is the substitute of condensed milk??
    Because I love your dessert ? and I want to make it ☺

    • Freda Dias says:

      Since the crumbs are really fine, almost powdery, they do become soggy, but give you some sort of texture against that creamy layer, when you have a bite of the pudding. If you want more texture, you can grind them coarse.

  2. Evra says:

    Hi Freda,tried this recipe today and it was great , i only added a few cashew nuts to the biscuits while grinding. Thank’s a ton

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