Bougatsa: A Traditional Greek Custard Pie Recipe

I would like to start my blog again with this delicious Greek dessert bougatsa recipe since, unfortunately, last year I lost it. Apparently, I never kept a backup, and in my effort to find a cheaper website host, I lost everything. My food recipe blog has never been a popular site as I never had numerous visitors and I never made money. On the contrary, I could hardly cover its administrative costs. But, despite its flaws, and there were several, it was my own site, project, and effort and I was proud of it. And that was enough for me. 2020 was already a challenging year due to the COVID-19 situation and my satisfying 9-5 work was already demanding. Initially, I considered this a sign from Universe to stop my site and focus on my work. Although this felt convenient in the beginning, I could not get my blog out on my mind as months were passing. As I could never forget how fulfilling it was to create something from zero and be creative, I realized something was wrong. What if the message the Universe wanted to send me was something different? What if I must learn to start from zero again no matter how bothering and painful this may be? There is a voice inside my head whispering never be afraid to start over as this is a wonderful opportunity to rebuild what you want. Without further ado, let us start.

There is no need to search on Google for a “bougatsa near to me” when you can bake this delicious custard pie with phyllo dessert by yourself with your own, quality ingredients. To make this, you need the following ingredients: phyllo pastry, milk, sugar, semolina, eggs, vanilla extract, the zest of one lemon, butter, cinnamon, and powdered sugar.

This traditional Greek custard pie with phyllo recipe takes around 20 minutes to prepare and requires 40 to 50 minutes to bake. 


Bougatsa Recipe - Ingredients

  • 10 sheets of ready-made phyllo pastry
  • 3 cups of milk, 750 ml
  • 200 g of sugar
  • 100 g of semolina
  • 2 eggs, beaten.
  • The zest of one lemon
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoonful of cinnamon

Bougatsa Recipe – How to Make

  1. Take a saucepan and add the sugar and the milk.
  2. Stir the mixture over moderate heat.
  3. When the milk comes to a boil gradually add the semolina.
  4. Stir until the mixture thickens. Then remove it from the heat and gradually add the vanilla extract, lemon zest, butter, and salt.
  5. Continue stirring well the mixture. Add the eggs and continue to stir until the mixture is homogeneous.
  6. Preheat oven to 160. Take a baking pan and grease it.
  7. Place one sheet of pastry and sprinkle it with some melted butter always leaving a part of the phyllo out of the baking pan from both sides. Repeat this process for the next five phyllo dough in a radial way.
  8. Now, with the help of a spatula evenly spread the custard cream.
  9. Place one sheet of pastry and sprinkle it with some melted butter. Repeat this for the next five phyllo dough.
  10. Take the phyllo dough that is outside the baking pan and cover the surface of the bougatsa.
  11. Coat the top sheet with butter.
  12. Bake until the phyllo gets a golden-brown color.
  13. Remove the bougatsa from the oven and allow it to cool down a bit.
  14. Sprinkle it with powdered sugar and cinnamon before serving.

Enjoy it with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk!