Prep 55 mins
Cook 55 mins
A traditional Greek dessert.
- 1 lb phyllo dough
- 2 pints milk
- 6 ounces sugar
- 6 ounces fine semolina
- 1⁄2 cup butter, melted, divided
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- 6 eggs
- 12 ounces sugar
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice or 1 tablespoon lemon peel
- In a saucepan over medium heat add milk, sugar, semolina, 2 ounces butter, vanilla, salt and a sliver of lemon peel.
- Bring to a boil, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
- Beat eggs in a separate bowl then stir into milk mixture. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a 9 X 13 buttered baking pan with half the sheets of phyllo, brushing each sheet with the melted butter and allowing the edges to overlap the sides.
- Spread custard evenly over phyllo.
- Cover with remaining sheets of phyllo, brushing each sheet with the melted butter.
- Trim the edges and fold in carefully to seal the filling.
- Brush the top with melted butter and seal edges with a bit of cold water.
- Bake 45 minutes or until golden.
- Meanwhile make the syrup; In a small saucepan combine the sugar, water, lemon juice and sliver of lemon peel and boil for 10 minutes.
- When Galaktoboureko is done and still hot from the oven, spoon syrup over a little at a time until absorbed by the pastry.
- Cool completely, cut into diamond shape and serve.
- NOTES : This is best made the day before it is needed. It gives the pastry time to absorb the syrup and the filling to become firm.