Greek Galaktoboureko

READY IN: 2hrs




  • Note: Orange flower water can be found in Middle Eastern grocers, near where they sell the Rose water.
  • To make the syrup, place all syrup ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Cook for 10 minutes, skimming off any foam; remove from heat and cool.
  • To prepare the custard, place milk and sugar in a small saucepan and heat until very hot; stir in Cream of Wheat, then add butter and salt.
  • Cook until thickened and smooth, stirring constantly, then remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Beat together eggs and vanilla in a large bowl until light and fluffy; stir in cooled custard and mix thoroughly.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • To prepare pastry, grease an 11x17-inch baking pan with butter.
  • Unwrap phyllo, laying out flat, and covering with damp towels when not getting pastry (to keep from drying out).
  • Lay 1 sheet of phyllo across the baking sheet and brush with butter (use a pastry brush for this) (cover remaining phyllo while you do this).
  • Repeat with more sheet of phyllo to make an 8-sheet layer.
  • Pour the custard on top of the 8 buttered sheets and spread it out evenly with a spatula.
  • Repeat the process of the phyllo, covering the custard with 8 more buttered sheets.
  • When you have those done, take a sharp knife a punch some breathing holes in the top (as you would for a pie).
  • Place the galaktoboureko in a preheated oven and bake for 45-60 min, or until custard is set and the pastry shakes loose from the edges of the pan.
  • Allow the galaktaboureko to cool about 30 minutes, thenpour the syrup evenly over the pastry.
  • Allow it to cool completely before cutting and serving (it is best served chilled or at room temp).
  • Serves up to 48, depending on size (diamond shape is the recommended cut).