Hello Food Finders!
I want to introduce you to a simple and easy Portuguese inspired desert. Serradura means sawdust, which normally wouldn’t be found anywhere near desert, but when the ingredients for this sawdust is a package of Maria tea biscuits and pine nuts, you’ll be in for a treat.
My first experience with Serradura was at a family friend’s home. It was smooth airy and delicious. I asked to glance at the recipe, but was vehemently denied. I was told that to get the proper texture you had to follow specific measurements and steps. As delicious as the desert was, I was momentarily turned away.
After a few weeks of not being able to get the Serradura out of my mind, I thought why not try and recreate the desert in a way that takes away the difficulty.
I am relentless; so I decided that I was going to recreate this no-bake desert and simplify it for our Westchesterfoodfinds.com readers. Less measuring, less precision and less technique equals more time to get to all the other things our Food Finders need to accomplish.
1 Pint of Heavy Cream
1 Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk (14 oz can)
1 Package of Goya Maria tea cookies
1 Package of Vanilla flavored instant pudding
1 tbsp of vanilla extract
OPTIONAL: 5 tbsp of nuts placed in the freezer for 30 minutes: walnuts, cashews, or pine nuts work very well
I’ve made it as easy as possible so that you will be using ingredients in there entire packaging quantities. These ingredients will make approximately 8-10 servings. If you are like me, you are better off with the extra desert that a half a can of condensed milk in your refrigerator for weeks!
In a mixing bowl or stand mixer, whisk the heavy cream and vanilla extract to aerate your desert. Next add your sweetened condensed milk and continue whisking until your mixture is consistent. You don’t want the bottom to be thinker than the top of your bowl, that simply means that the cream and sweet milk have not come together yet.
Once you have consistency, add in your instant pudding mix and whisk some more. When you have pudding in your bowl, you can put away the whisk. Depending on how fancy you want your Serradura to look, you may keep the pudding in your bowl and simply ladle it into your serving vessel, otherwise you may use a piping bag and pipe it into your glass or bowl.
Now to the saw dust. Place your cookies in a food processor or blender and add chilled nuts if you wish. Blend until you have a cookie sawdust. You may be thinking to yourself, why did I used chilled nuts. The answer is simple, blending the nuts breaks them down and releases oils in the nuts, the light heat produced from the blending process and oils can create sawdust clumps. Using the chilled nuts gives you smaller crumble and will be easier to layer in your Serradura.
Pipe or ladle your pudding and “sawdust” in alternating fashion. I use a zip top bag and cut a small hole in on of the ends and pipe my pudding in that way.
The finished product tastes delicious and looks luxurious. When your are asked for the recipe, please send them our way and have them visit Westchesterfoodfinds.com