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Serradura or Sawdust Pudding - A Layered Tea Biscuit And Cream Dessert

A Goan (Indian) layered pudding of Portuguese origin made of crumbled Marie biscuits and vanilla flavoured cream. A easy but special dessert.
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 serving


  • 80 g Marie biscuits (about 15 to 17 biscuits)
  • 200 ml chilled whipping cream (I used 25% fat cream)
  • 2 tsps lime juice
  • 60 to 100 ml sweetened condensed milk (according to taste)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Crush Marie biscuits into as fine a powder as you can. You can do this by running the biscuits in a food processor or put them in a Ziploc bag, seal and then bash them with a rolling pin.
  • Whip the cream and lime juice using a hand held electric beater to soft peaks. It helps if you do this over a larger bowl filled with ice cubes and a little water. Add the vanilla extract and half the condensed milk. Continue whipping and add as much more condensed milk as you need (according to preferred level of sweetness) . Keep beating till until the mixture forms reasonably stiff peaks.
  • Transfer the cream into a piping bag and pipe (or spoon the cream if you can do it neatly) it equally between 4 serving glasses, alternating layers of cream and crumbled biscuits. Finish of with cream as the topmost layer.
  • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until you are ready to serve the Serradura.