Brazilian Pavé Dessert
This traditional Brazilian dessert is one of those delicious no-stress desserts you can whip up in half an hour and leave to set in the fridge until serving time. The name comes from the word for ‘brick’ or ‘cobblestone’, a reference to the shape these desserts often take.
This recipe features a citrusy cream with lemon juice, a slightly different take on this classic dessert, but one that you’ll surely love!
Brazilian Pavê Dessert
- 1 cup milk
- 3 teaspoons vanilla
- 3 teaspoons brandy
- 1 can condensed milk 14 oz/ 415 ml
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1 1/2 cup lemon juice about 8 lemons
- 35- 40 cookies galletas marias/ ladyfingers/ biscuits
For topping (optional):
- chocolate chips
- coconut grated, to taste
- sliced fruit
- Take a baking dish and add the regular milk, brandy and vanilla and stir well.
- Next, in a blender, combine the lemon juice, condensed milk and evaporated milk for about 3 minutes.
- Place each María cookie into the vanilla milk and brandy mixture, allowing it to soak up the liquid for a few seconds and place them in an even layer at the bottom of a baking dish. Make sure not to leave the cookies in the mixture too long or they will become soggy and fall apart.
- Arrange some cookies along the edge of the dish too, if you like.
- Pour a third of the milk and lemon juice mixture over the layer of cookies and follow up with another layer of moistened cookies.
- Pour another third of the milk mixture on top of that and repeat the process once more, finishing with a milk layer.
- When you're done you should have 3 layers each of cookies and milk.
- Put the Pavé dessert in the fridge to firm for at least 5 hours.
- Once ready to serve, sprinkle the top with chocolate chips, grated coconut or, if you want, you can also add sliced fruit as well.