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Pear and custard phyllo pie

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    Diet based on cereals, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and other animal foods such as honey and eggs. Excludes meat, fish, mollusks.

Pear and custard phyllo pie


                                                                                                                                                Photo credit: G. Drakopoulos - Food Styling: T. Webb

Deliciously creamy custard filling and juicy pieces of pear, raisins and nuts, encased between crunchy golden phyllo layers!! This is an elegant twist on the traditional Greek sweet called “Bougatsa”, which has only the custard filling. Bougatsa, whether traditional or not, is... simply scrumptious…!!!

  • Preheat oven to 200* C (390*F) Fan.
  • Start by preparing the custard. Boil the milk (reserve 2 tablespoons) and half of the sugar, in a pot over medium heat.
  • Beat the 3 egg yolks with the remaining sugar and the reserved 2 tablespoons of milk, in a bowl with a hand whisk. Add the vanilla, flour and corn flour.
  • As soon as the milk comes to a boil, add the egg mixture to the pot, very slowly. Mix continuously with the hand whisk until the custard thickens, over low heat.
  • Remove from heat as soon as the custard thickens. Add the wine, vanilla and butter. Stir until the butter melts and all of the ingredients have completely combined.
  • Transfer the custard to a baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes.
  • Peel the pears and spread some lemon juice over them so that they don’t turn dark. Grate them, starting from the thicker, lower part of the pear.
  • Drain some of the pear juices and add the nutmeg, some sugar, raisins and nuts.
  • Dust the phyllo dough with flour, heavily, on both sides. Place on a sheet of parchment paper.
  • Fold it into 3 pieces, making a mental note of where the lines are situated. Unfold the phyllo dough and fold again, in half.
  • Slice into strips, cutting only until the line you made a mental note of. (This will be the base where the filling will be placed.)
  • Unfold again.
  • Add the custard to the piece that is not cut (the base) and top with the pear filling.
  • Fold the strips over the filling and braid them together.
  • Brush the braids with an egg yolk and sprinkle with some sugar.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  • Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (optional).
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Nutrition information per portion

Calories (kcal)
32 %


Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

Total Fat (g)
49 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

Saturated Fat (g)
85 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

Total Carbs (g)
27 %


The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

Sugars (g)
40 %


Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

Protein (g)
24 %


It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

Fibre (g)
18 %


They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

Sodium (g)
6 %


A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

*To calculate nutritional table data, we use software by Nutritics logo

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