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Pavê De Limão


  • 395g sweetened condensed milk (1 tin)
  • 300ml cream
  • 3limes, juice and zest of
  • 500 -750g biscuits (cookies)
  • 1⁄2-1cup milk


  • Zest and juice the limes. Set aside the zest for decoration.
  • Combine the condensed milk, cream and lime juice, and beat until thick (about 7 minutes using a hand mixer on high).
  • Have your ungreased pan ready.
  • Pour the plain milk into a shallow dish and dip each biscuit in the milk.
  • Arrange a layer of biscuits in the pan, and top it with about 1/4 of the beaten mixture (this will vary it you want more or fewer layers).
  • Keep repeating layers until you run out of the beaten mixture (you will probably have some biscuits left over).
  • Sprinkle the top layer with the reserved lime zest.
  • Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving. You can make this a day in advance.


  • loof

    What a wonderful dessert! Cool and creamy and not too sweet, with a wonderful lime flavor. I used “Lorna Doone” cookies (shortbread) and they were perfect. Thanks for posting this cool, fresh, delicious treat!

  • violetllex

    Awesome dessert! Easy, tasty, perfect. My husband was crazy for it as his birthday cake. Now he wants it every day. I imagine that by adding something like gelatin, it might be made stiff enough to hold it’s shape when using a spring-form pan. It could be very beautiful.

  • cartroy

    WOW! my cousin is getting married this month to a woman from brazil and we had a “farewell” dinner for him tonight. in honor of the event, i made this for dessert. i sampled the bowl after mixing, and was very skeptical that the end product would be as tasty as described by others. the cream tasted like sour, curdled milk, and i’m not exaggerating. fingers crossed, i chilled it for about 6 hours and was thrilled with the final product. it was like tiramisu meets key lime pie! not too sweet, not too sour, perfectly creamy. it was a huge hit and i will definitely make this again!

  • bethpjennings

    Authentic Brasilian taste. Media creme can be found at Wal-Mart. We've made this several times and it always tastes great. Used lady fingers and it looked very pretty in a trifle bowl.

  • 8elbows

    YUMMY! Super easy and super tasty. My husband and kids loved it! …And it gets better with time – I made a bunch of ramekins of this so we had this dessert twice a few days a apart. It was great both times. Thanks for sharing.

  • Leb25

    I saw this recipe and dreamed about it, and then while i was making it i was VERY skeptical – but it turned out great after refrigerating!! Like a fancy layer cake that tastes oh-so-good. My mom says it tastes like a key lime pie. Nice and refreshing, not heavy at all…cant wait to make it for a party or something!! Oh, i used what i would call tea biscuits or butter biscuits – not too sweet, but definitely not a savory cracker, and pretty thin. (i also used fat free sweetened condensed milk)

  • Ma Field

    I admit I was suspicious of it being billed as “not too sweet”. After all, you use a whole can of sweetened condensed milk! But it is in fact just as advertised. Cool ,creamy and tart with a wonderful flavor! I can’t wait to serve this to guests at my next cookout! Made for PAC Spring 2008

  • twissis

    Made for the *Best of 2008* cookbook game, DH has a spec fondness for key lime pie & I love anything lime so I made a full recipe & had just the right size pan for it (180×280 mm = 7×11 in). I used a commercial shortbread cookie that was thicker than ideal, so I broke them up a bit for the layering. I made it early in the day so it chilled all day, was *truly divine* for our dessert last nite & deserved more stars than I could give. Thx for sharing this easy-fix & lovely dessert recipe w/us. 🙂

  • Cooking Criolla

    I made this for Easter and it came out great, reminds me of key lime pie. I used coconut Maria crackers so it had a very tropical “put the lime with the coconut” flavor. It really isn’t too sweet, if you like key lime pie you’ll love this dessert, and it’s SO EASY. Make sure you use a well chilled bowl and beaters to get the mixture to whip up.

  • nush7

    This was delicious! I made it as a dessert for a latin-themed dinner which consisted of stuffed bell peppers and chips & homemade salsa. Since I was making it for two (and wanted some leftovers) I cut this recipe in half. For the cookies, I used “Marias” which can be found in the ethnic foods/Latin foods aisle. They were perfect for this dish. I didn’t want to make them too soggy, so I only dipped them in the milk for a second. This is definitely a dessert that needs to be chilled in the fridge for an hour before it is really enjoyed!