Portuguese Sweets, Veganised traditional Portuguese dishes

Serradura (Sawdust)

Well, my life is complete now! Vegan sawdust, the most delicious of all desserts. Super easy to make too, is great as a sweet treat for special occasions (or just because).

Difficulty: 2 pans

Time: 2:30h for condensed milk +10 minutes to prepare all + 2h in the fridge once prepared

Type: dessert

Serves: depends on the size of your individual dessert containers, but about 6 to 8 individual portions

What you need:

1 portion of condensed coconut milk ( 1can of full fat coconut milk plus 1/4 cup brown sugar)

330ml of double plant cream (I used Elmlea Plant double)

about 200g rich tea biscuits (or ‘Maria type’) crushed

Cocoa Powder to decorate


small pan

measuring jug and mixing spoons

food processor

Hand mixer with the whisk attachment

1 bowl for whipped cream

Individual dessert containers


Condensed coconut milk: bring coconut milk and sugar to a boil in a small sauce pan; reduce heat to minimum and let it simmer for a while (about 40 minutes) mixing occasionally- the final mix should be about half of the initial amount and thicker. Transfer to a small container and let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours (it’ll become firmer);

Whipped Cream: transfer cream to a large bowl and whisk in medium speed for a few minutes until is firm and you see trails in the cream that don’t dissolve after the whisk moves; reserve;

Biscuits: crush biscuits using a food processor (or by hand);

Mix coconut condensed milk with whipped cream, mixing well (but not vigorously); Reserve 1/3 of this mixture and 1/3 of the crushed biscuits;

Mix 2/3 of the crushed biscuits with the 2/3 of the whipped cream and coconut condensed milk mixture;

In individual dessert containers, add a layer of the cream mixture with biscuits (this is the bulk of the dessert), followed by a little layer of crushed biscuits, followed by a little layer of cream mixture (without biscuits); sprinkle some more crushed biscuits on top and dust a little cocoa power on top too.

Leave in the fridge for at least 2h before serving.


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