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Traditional Galaktoboureko Recipe: An Authentic Greek Custard Pie

This traditional galaktoboureko recipe is made in a pan, with filo layered on top and underneath and cut into square portions. Galaktoboureko is one of the most delicious Greek desserts to make. It is a popular semolina custard pie. Unlike mille-feuille, which otherwise resembles it, the custard is baked with the pastry, not added afterward. The custard in Greek galaktoboureko may be flavored with lemon, orange, or rose. Make sure phyllo is defrosted properly in the fridge overnight and brush a lot of melted butter on each sheet. This traditional galaktoboureko recipe is easy and delicious! I always start with the syrup.

In Greece, we have the tradition of celebrating our name days. On this special occasion, relatives and friends visit us and bring us gifts and desserts. When I was a kid, one of my aunts used to make this traditional galaktoboureko on my name day. I got this Greek custard dessert recipe from her.

Traditional Galaktoboureko Recipe – Ingredients

  • 5 cups of milk (1 l )
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar (270 g)
  • 6 tablespoons of fine semolina (90 g)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh butter (around 90 g)
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 480 g of phyllo pastry
  • Zest of one lemon (optional)
  • Cinnamon

Traditional Galaktoboureko Recipe Syrup-Ingredients

  • 2 cups of water (380 g)
  • 4 cups of sugar (720 g)
  • 1 lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (5 g)
  • 3 tablespoons of honey

Traditional Galaktoboureko Recipe – Instructions

  1. Take a small pan.
  2. Add the water, sugar, lemon peel and honey.
  3. Boil for around two minutes.
  4. Add lemon juice.
  5. Slightly stir until all ingredients are dissolved.
  6. Boil for 3-4 more minutes.
  7. Allow syrup to completely cool.
  8. Take another pan. Add milk and half of the sugar. Boil it.
  9. Take a bowl. Add eggs with the remaining sugar and semolina. Beat into a meringue.
  10. Add boiled milk to the bowl.
  11. Add the vanilla extract and lemon zest. Stir well.
  12. Take a medium sized oven pan. Butter its bottom and sides.
  13. Take half of the phyllo pastry. Butter each layer sheet. Layer them into the pan.
  14. Add the custard. Fold inwards the phyllo pastry. Butter it.
  15. Add the remaining phyllo pastry, buttering each layer sheet.
  16. Trim some of the excessive phyllo. Roll the rest on the edges.
  17. Brush surface with butter.
  18. Take a sharp knife. Carefully cut on the top the phyllo sheets vertically and horizontally.
  19. Sprinkle it with some water.
  20. Preheat oven to 170 °C.
  21. Bake galaktoboureko for 40 to 55 minutes or until phyllo is crisp and golden.
  22. Take galaktoboureko out of the oven.
  23. Pour the cold syrup over galaktoboureko.
  24. Allow galaktoboureko to absorb the syrup.
  25. Top galaktoboureko with some cinnamon (optional).
  26. Ready to serve.

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