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by Sandy


Since one week I’ve been back from Portugal. We had an amazing holiday filled with beautiful trips along the coast of the Algarve during the day and amazing food in the evening. I’m still going through pictures and I’m desperately trying to find the time to write an extended article here about the trip. There’s certainly a lot to show… especially food-wise. I came back with so much inspiration and portuguese recipes and I came back with this: Serradura. 


Serradura means “sawdust” and it’s the easiest yet impressive dessert you’ll ever make. You do not have to cook or bake it and it’s only made with four ingredients. Most of which you usually have at home. And still it tastes so amazing that you can easily serve it after a fancy dinner and your guests won’t be disappointed.

After a couple of days in Portugal we got served Serradura after dinner and loved it immediately. I quickly found the basic recipe online and I was baffled how easy it was. All you do is whip some cream, sweeten it with condensed milk and vanilla and add crumbled cookies. A couple of spoonfuls of heaven in just a few minutes. 



A portuguese dessert.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 250 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
  • 6-8 shortbread cookies or other buttery cookies


  • Whip the cream until it stiffens.
  • Add the vanilla and the sweetened condensed milk.
  • Try the cream and add some more condensed milk if it's not sweet enough for you. That part really is a matter of taste.
  • Crumble the cookies in a food processor.
  • In small dessert jars alternate layers of cream and cookie crumbles. Don't make the cookie layer too think because you want them to be moist after a few hours.
  • Finish with some sprinkles of cookie crumbles and refridgerate for 2-3 hours.

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