Sweet Bastela

Recipe by MsBindy
READY IN: 50mins




  • In a heavy saucepan, heat the milk and sugar to scalding.
  • Whirl the eggs in a blender while slowly pouring in the hot milk.
  • Add the vanilla and cinnamon.
  • If the custard doesn't thicken enough to coat a spoon, return it to the pan and reheat it gently, stirring constantly until it thickens. If it should curdle slightly while thickening, blend it again.
  • Refrigerate the custard.
  • Using a 7-8 inch plate as a guide, cut 2 circles from each sheet of filo.
  • On buttered baking pans, stack the filo sheets, four sheets to a stack, brushing every second sheet with melted butter.
  • Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes until the filo is golden brown.
  • Assemble the bastela. Begin with one pair of filo circles. Spread all of the jam over this bottom layer of filo and sprinkle on a few chopped almonds.
  • Add another pair of filo circles, some almonds, and some of the egg custard.
  • Continue to layer the filo, almonds, and custard until all of the ingredients are used.
  • End with a pair of filo circles.
  • Sprinkle the pastry with confectioners' sugar, cut it into 6 wedges and serve immediately.