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Grandmother’s Pudding (Pudim da Avó) Recipe

Grandmother's Pudding Recipe
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ¾ cups of granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • 1 7oz package of Maria Biscuits
  • 1 16 oz container of Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar

Using a food processor or a rolling pin, finely crush the Maria Biscuits and leave aside. *Sometimes I just use my hands to crush if I want some different textures.

In a double boiler fill the bottom with about 2-3 inches of water, place it over medium-high heat, and bring it to a simmer. On the top of the double boiler stir the egg yolks and sugar. Keeping the water in the bottom at a slow simmer, continue to stir until the egg mix until it is smooth. Then using a whisk and stirring a little faster pour in the milk and beat until it’s a frothy creamy consistency. This can take a while and I have used a hand held mixer with a whisk attachment to make it a lot easier on my wrists.

Once it’s done, remove from heat and let it cool off while you whip up the heavy cream.

In a medium bowl pour out the heavy whipping cream and add 2 tablespoons of sugar and whip until you form stiff peaks. Once you accomplish that; leave aside.

Now to assemble the dessert: Using the serving dish of your choice, layer the cookie crumbs first, then a layer of the sweet egg cream, then another layer of the crumbs, then a layer a the whipped cream and last you can add just a dusting of the cookie crumbs or a spoonful of the sweet egg cream.

Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, but overnight is the best.

  • Rachel Nguyen

    Hi Maria, my son and made this last night and it was not good. The egg custard was way too dense, sweet and gummy. It almost seemed like it needed more milk and less sugar. Did we cook it for too long? Also, how many servings does this dish make? We assumed 4 and the ratio of cookies to custard seemed way off. We are so excited to get this right. There is a great Portuguese restaurant in our area that sometimes has this dish and it is sooooo good! Thanks!

    • Hi Rachel,
      I have no idea why it would have turned dense, except if you overcooked it. You want to make sure that it’s soft as pudding. As for servings…it all depends on the size of your serving dish… when using a larger dishes I usually can get at least 4 servings…with a smaller dishes more. As for adding more more cookie crumbs, that can be totally adjusted to your taste. There is no wrong or right when it comes to that… it really comes down to what tastes best for you… Sorry it didn’t come out as expected… I hope you get to make it again with better success!! All the best…

    • azoreangreenbean

      Hi Rachel,
      I have no idea why it would have turned dense, except if you overcooked it. You want to make sure that it’s soft as pudding. As for servings…it all depends on the size of your serving dish… when using a larger dishes I usually can get at least 4 servings…with a smaller dishes more. As for adding more more cookie crumbs, that can be totally adjusted to your taste. There is no wrong or right when it comes to that… it really comes down to what tastes best for you… Sorry it didn’t come out as expected… I hope you get to make it again with better success!! All the best…